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A ERY BEAUTIFUL, AND VERY OLD WALLENDORF / KAMPFE & HEUBACH MAJOLICA CHARGER / PLATE CA. 1896 - 1920....I FOUND IT AT A YARD SALE TODAY, WHILE VISITING THE FOLKS. ........IT GRABBED MY ATT. RIGHT AWAY, .....IT IS VERY OLD WITH LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL CRAZING AND AGE WEAR, THE COLOR OF THE CLAY IS NICE A AGED OR "YELLOWED" SOME FINE DISCOLORED HAIRLINES HERE AND THERE, NO CHIPS, ALL IN ALL ITS IN WONDERFUL COND. IT MEASURES 10"

THE DETAIL IS FABULOUS! THE DESIGN AROUND THE EDGE IS GORGEOUS.. THE BIRD, WHICH I LOVE BIRDS ALOT, IS BEAUTIFUL. THE BACK OF THE PLATE HAS A HAND WRITTEN NOTE, IT READS,

GIVEN TO MY GRANDMOTHER SK****E, BY HER DAUGHTER LAURA NORFLEET FOR XMAS 1904 AND AT THE BOTTOM IT SAYS, THIS GOES TO LORAINE. I THINK IT IS A VERY SPECIAL PIECE AND WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT. THANKS

In the 18th century the territory of Lichte (Wallendorf) was located in two different principalities with the Lichte river forming the border. On the west bank was Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and on the east bank Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.

In 1761, almost 50 years after the invention of porcelain manufacturing by Ehrenfried Walter von Tschirnhaus and Johann Friedrich Böttger, Johan Wolfgang Hammann from Katzhütte applied to the house of Scharzburg-Rudolstadt for the concession of porcelain manufacturing. Unfortunately, only three days previously this concession had been granted to Heinrich Macheleid in Sitzendorf, so Hamman’s request had to be rejected. However, he did not give up his dream. One year later he was able to fire hard-paste porcelain in Katzhütte, and one year after that he purchased the Baron Hohental manor in Lichte on the Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld bank of the river.

Finally the Duke of Saxe-Coburg granted Hammann his porcelain manufacturing concession, and in 1764, together with Gotthelf Greiner and his cousin Gottfried Greiner, he founded the porcelain manufacturing company in Lichte (Wallendorf). Consequently the trademark Wallendorf porcelain, one of the oldest porcelain trademarks in Europe, was established

Originally, Wallendorf porcelain was manufactured using local raw materials. This was the main reason for unclean and toned porcelain. However, by 1780 Bohemian kaolin was being used, resulting in snow-white hard-paste porcelain. According to the expert Wilhelm Martius in 1793, "Wallendorf porcelain is now brilliant white, . . . beautifully" painted and so hard, that even sparks are emitted by friction on steel".[citation needed]

Until 1833 the company remained in the hands of Hammann’s family. The turbulent years after that were characterised by often changing ownership. Among famous names—indications of porcelain tradition and quality even today—can be found Hutschenreuther, Kämpfe, Sonntag, Heubach, Fraureuth, and Schaubach. The changes in ownership and the economic up and downs were reflected in changes intrademarks. In this time imitations of the Meissen porcelain trademark were noticed and were the subject of complaints to the Electoral Saxe-Coburg Land Authority. Today’s trademark of the letter W below a crown and the foundation year of 1764 was introduced 200 years after the foundation of Wallendorf porcelain.

The typical character of Wallendorf porcelain has survived for almost two and a half centuries until today. In 1764 production started with handmade coffee, tea and chocolate services; in 1785 these were complemented by figurines. These areas are still the main focuses of production. Of course, the technology of raw material mixtures and firing procedures have changed. However, the particular detailed composition invented by Hammann has been improved and survived the centuries as a top secret releasable to insiders only. The typical handmade procedures, such as quality management by experts and hand painting, have remained almost unchanged

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  1. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    thanks drfluffy and msl21
  2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    beautiful!!!!
  3. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    thank you sean
  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Your very welcome Gary:)
  5. Justanovice Justanovice, 1 year ago
    Can't help, but what a wonderful find! I am jealous!!!:)
  6. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    Thanks manikin, Phil, mike, jay how and justanovice
  7. maryh1956 maryh1956, 1 year ago
    http://www.rubylane.com/item/502406-PLT653/Awesome-Majolica-Plate-Decorated-Bird

    I found this item on Ruby Lane. It is very similar to yours. I researched their W backstamp and found that the German company Wallendorf merged with a company called Kampfe & Heubach, who used a crossed swords mark similar to yours during the dates 1896-1920, which would fit the dates in which yours was gifted
  8. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    maryh1956, I cant thank you enough! thank you thank you thank you!
  9. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    thank you mattyg
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    These almost look a like:)
  11. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    Identical, except the majolica / color differential
  12. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    Thank you evets

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