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Posted 1 month ago


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I was recently contacted by a Czech historical group regarding my Welz research because they want to use information from my article on Welz in the WVMOG publication "All About Glass" from last year, as a basis for an article in an upcoming edition of their publication. In 2015 the group revived a bi-annual regional historical publication which had been issued from 1880 - 1943.

The edition will revolve around the 400th Anniversary of the 30 year war which occurred in the region from 1618 - 1648. The destruction of a church in 1617, whose remains are still in Hrob, is considered to be one of the contributing factors to the start of what should have been a small regional war. The war resulted in the deaths of 8 million people, which at the time was 10% of Europe's population. It is considered to be one of Europe's greatest conflicts, especially being religion based. To put that in perspective, the same level of destruction today would result in the killing of 75 million people in Europe, excluding the UK and Russia.

They are also very interested in covering the Welz family, and their glass production in Klostergrab. I am particularly pleased with this turn of events, as there is little local recognition in some regions for the glass families and their history. Families like the Welz family, and others were Jewish descendants of ethnic Germans, so in many cases not much was done to preserve the history. I am thrilled to be part of this history being published regionally, in close proximity to their historical location. .

The group asked me to provide some images for them, aside from a couple I had already provided which relate to a medallion above a doorway on a building owned by Franz Welz in Klostergrab (now Hrob). I thought I would share them here.

I am also excited about the turn of events, as this will afford me access to some information I could likely not gain access to from the US, as they are interested in helping me advance my historical research on the family as much as they are able. I have already been provided links to information I did not have previously.... Now to translate it all, as it is obviously not in English.

The 4th image above is one I was provided with previously by the group. In 1910 Welz won a Gold Medal at the Brussels World Exposition. I have images of the actual award from the Welz descendants I am in contact with. Until recently I had not been able to identify the exact type of work the award was for. At the time the company employed about 110 people, and were world class producers of cut crystal. They produced crystal vases as tall as 1.5 meters, and were awarded the Gold Medal in that class of glass. This is a page from a publication covering that award, and some brief company history.

This is a translation of the article. This was printed in 1911 in a Teplitz Regional paper.
The Franz Welz Antonienhütte Glassworks in Klostergrab

The glassworks were founded by the Welz family in 1792 in Dobrá Voda near Svetlá nad Sázavou.

The family bought a glass factory, which was built in 1725. As a result of the high prices of wood and wood transportation, (used as fuel for production of glass) Mr. Alois Welz (the grandfather of Joseph and Franz Welz) moved the company to property in Klostergrab – Verne?ice. There, the Anna - Emilie brown coal mine and a larger mill are bought. In 1864 he built a new glass mill on the site of the former mill. In Dobrá Voda, glass production was partially maintained until 1871, then it was abandoned.

The Glassworks in the Hrob produced blanks for the refineries of Nový Bor (Haida) and Kamenický Šenov (Steinschönau). The belief at the Haida refinery that it is not possible to produce quality enamel from Czech brown coal have been overcome. With great efforts and sacrifices, as well as with the introduction of gas furnaces, we managed to achieve a perfect result.

In 1873 Alois Welz's factory went to Franz Welz. Under the direction of Franz Welz, the glassworks gradually introduced the production of cut glass (according to the English model), which has gained fame, not only in the Czech Republic, but also around the world. It has become an example for other hollow glass workshops.

In 1909 the glassworks passed to Joseph and Franz Alois Welz. At that time she had 110 employees. There are many glassworkers who work in the glassworks for the third or fourth generation.

The glassworks produce crystal vases of up to 1.5 meters and cut Baroque glass.

In 1910 he won a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Brussels.

Most unfortunately, with no known literature about this type of Welz production to aid in identification, we may never know what any of this production was. I find that to be most sad, as they won a Gold Medal for it....


  1. Anik Anik, 1 month ago
    Congratulations on your research being included in an upcoming article, and great news that you have access to information you didn't have previously -- I can imagine it's an exciting time for you. Well done!
  2. scottvez scottvez, 1 month ago
    FANTASTIC and thank you for sticking with this project.

    I remember when even the mention of Welz glass brought on a chorus of nays and "they never made glass"...

    I hope you will share the publication (translated of course) once it is completed.

  3. Wow22, 1 month ago
    So now the new Holy Grail is to find that cut crystal vase in image 4! Good luck. Congratulations on this new information and thanks for sharing it.
  4. Justanovice Justanovice, 1 month ago
    Well done Craig and so well deserved!! Exciting times eh? :)
  5. sklo42 sklo42, 1 month ago
    Another great breakthrough, and yes, you can't as yet imagine how you could identify Welz cut crystal. However you've already collated a library of Welz shapes and one day you're going to have that serendipitous find that gets you started!

    Exciting times!

  6. Alan2310 Alan2310, 1 month ago
    welzebub, after all those years of hard work to research and study, very well done.
    And the good part of it, you have fun doing it.
    The crown to the king of welz.
    I do appreciate learning from you on the matter.
  7. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 1 month ago
    Congratulations !!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 month ago
    When I first saw that photo I thought that it was that vase which was the winnner of the gold medal.
  9. welzebub welzebub, 28 days ago
    A heartfelt "Thanks" to to all those that stopped by and also those that commented.

  10. jericho jericho, 28 days ago
    mouth watering collection! As information keeps coming in.... I wish we could get the best examples they made (mostly exported) with the documentation to support it. I think it is sad that Welz is scarce in the Czech republic.
  11. jericho jericho, 28 days ago
    Hey can you send me the controlled bubble in pic #3
  12. antiquerose antiquerose, 27 days ago how is one going to find that cut crystal vase in image 4! Where does one start this mystery ??
  13. IanBrighton IanBrighton, 24 days ago
    This link is great news for you, Craig, and shows just what perseverance and ignoring naysayers can do.
    I am pleased as punch that you have made this connection which will - I hope - add to our knowledge of this firm.
  14. IanBrighton IanBrighton, 24 days ago
    It is nice to see some “old friends” in the reunion photos as well!

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