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Posted 4 years ago

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3 images of the Franz Welz production facility in Klostergrab / Hrob from different time periods. The first one is the newest card, and is from the interwar, or Deco period.

Looks like Welz did make glass after all!! :-) (secretly... I knew they did)

Hopefully these images will put to bed the issues the "pundits" have continued to raise regarding if Welz bought from others, or actually produced glass for export, and citing a lack of paper documentation as sufficient "evidence" to question if they even produced product.

"How could they have produced so much glass and there is not any paperwork found???"

I still have not located any sales info or documentation yet... but will never quit looking...... something will show up eventually...... but the size of the facility would certainly support the idea they exported large quantities of glass through Butler Brothers and others.... and it was glass that they actually produced.

The final remains of the Klostergrab / Hrob facility were destroyed in the 1960's as a result of brown coal mining in the region, so there are no physical remnants in Klostergrab / Hrob of their presence.

Following Franz Welz's retirement, Franz Welz's eldest son Josef, ran the company with his younger brother Franz Alois Welz, until it's demise in the 1930's. Josef Welz was married to Karolina Hinke. Karolina, Josef, and their son Felix are all buried in Klostergrab / Hrob. The house owned by the Hinke family, is still standing.

There may also be a home still standing there which was occupied by members of the Welz family. I am working on obtaining information and images if it is still there.

I do not know if the same applies to Dobra Voda (Gutenbrunn) where the original Welz facility was located in the early 1700's by the family. That location was about 280 miles S/SW of Klostergrab. It appears that the move to relocate in Klostergrab was as a result of Alois Welz acquiring coal mines in an effort to update production facilities and modernize with coal ovens, as opposed to the more commonly used wood.

I would hope that something remains somewhere as a monument to a long and rich family history in glass.

Initial lead for this information was provided by Kevin... many thanks!! Additional images and information provided by a gentleman who grew up in Hrob / Klostergrab and now lives nearby in Most.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago

    Some of us knew it was just a matter of time for this type of DOCUMENTATION would surface.

    Should be a lot of "word dinners" tonite.

    Thanks for sharing welzebub.

  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    This is a link to the family home in Dobra Voda:
  3. inky inky, 4 years ago
    Well done you and Kevin!....:-)
  4. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 4 years ago
    What terrific finds! Thank you for sharing this glass history with us all!
  5. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
    Thanks so much for this WB, Great Find and true hard documented proof.

  6. sklo42 sklo42, 4 years ago
    After 1918 Teplitz was in the Sudentland, those parts of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia (themselves in Czechoslovakia) which had a predominantly German population. This was due in part to the Peace Treaty of 1918. In 1938 Hitler annexed the Sudetenland which became a German Protectorate. With this the ethnic Czech glassmakers found themselves in almost irresolvable difficulties. The German rulers favoured German glassmakers and imposed severe restrictions the Czechs. Of course if Welz closed earlier this will have played no part at all. I await developments.
  7. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
    According to writings I have seen by Franz Alois Welz, the Welz facility closed down in the 1930's as a result of the impending war. I quote the rough translation:

    "The crisis of the 1930s laid our glassworks, another World War I due to age, fortunately, already have to meet close. "

    So far the latest reference I can find to Welz in industry directories or publications is to the mid 1930's. I do not think they lasted much past that. I believe that by 1938 they were almost certainly closed, and likely had been for at least a couple of years if not more.
  8. sklo42 sklo42, 4 years ago
    So not relevant but thanks for the prompt reply. The postcards have been interesting anyway.
  9. yesterdaysglass yesterdaysglass, 4 years ago
    Cool find Kevin & Craig!
  10. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
    Welz also made cut glass, and according to Truitt I, pg 130 paragraph 1. Following a reference to a time frame of 1870,

    "At that time Welz made glass reminiscent of the Baroque Period. He employed as many as 110 glass cutters, and engravers in the workshop adjacent to the glass factory."

    In the most recent post card showing the factory, the forward long building was likely the cutting plant, with the water reservoir being for use with the cutting and polishing machines.... You will notice an absence of furnace stacks on that building, unlike the other one which has both large and small stacks indicating many furnaces.......

    I thought this was important to share.

    Although my research has primarily focused on colorful art glass production, they also produced other types of glass. At some point I may be able to direct some attention to that production also.

    I was directed recently to an article with an image that seemed to indicate there were 4 oil lamp bases by Welz. I have not yet had the time to translate and investigate the information properly. Considering that the family had been in the glass business since 1728, I am sure that they understood market demands and made products that were being requested by customers in America, Australia, and the UK, amongst others I am sure.

    Records indicate that their presence as a glass house in the region (since 1728) preceded the founding of Kralik family works (1815) by almost a century. 87 years to be exact.
  11. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
    I appreciate the "loves" this post has received from forum members. The uncovering of these images really represents for me, a milestone in the Welz research I have been doing for about 7 years now.
  12. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
    Well Done Craig !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Give yourself a well deserved pat on the back for all your years of Research, and Thanks you!!!
  13. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 4 years ago
    I do enjoy your post.
  14. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    Amazing discovery!!!
  15. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
    I have added another post of a piece of Welz Ephemera here:

  16. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
    I have replaced one of the postcard images of the glassworks with a current overhead view of the area. The Welz facility was actually located in Verne?ice, a town that was destroyed in 1950-60 for the purpose of coal mining. Verne?ice was located within the larger boundaries of the township of Hrob. The glassworks were at the upper end of Verne?ice and were completely destroyed several years later. The added image from Google shows the location of the Welz facility, at the edge of what is now forest. This location was provided by my contact who grew up in Hrob and was born prior to the destruction of the facility.
  17. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
    The name of the town in the above comment is actually Vernerice, with the second "r" needing a special character that apparently CW does not like to reproduce.
  18. jagsrock95 jagsrock95, 4 years ago
    GREAT find...and GREAT job Craig!! (both posts). Could it be any clearer??? We all believed...thanks for leading the way. It is now time for the BOOK! ; )
  19. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
    Thanks Tom. I appreciate it.
  20. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
    Another thanks for the additional loves....
  21. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago

  22. IVAN49 IVAN49, 3 years ago
    The first photo, bottom centre Leipziger Messe ``Dresdner Hof’’`
    was the place where Franz Welz had a showroom of his production.
    In 1895, the first commercial samples fair took place in Leipzig, dominated by exhibitors presenting samples of their goods. Between 1893 and 1938 a number of fair-houses (Messe-Häuser) were built in the center of Leipzig. They normally contained several interconnected courtyards with shops, storage areas, and living space. Dresdner Hof was built in 1912/1913 and could accommodate 500 exhibitors.
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Thanks IVAN for that explanation.
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Found this :
  25. welzebub welzebub, 3 years ago
    Thanks Ivan for the additional information, and thank you Kevin. I had researched Welz in Leipzig previously, but never came up with that image.

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