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Gräfenroda

[1] Porzellanfabrik Gräfenroda Bartholome, Stade & Co. (1910 until 1919)

Established early in 1910 by two businessmen with neither a solid background nor great experience in porcelain production whatsoever, the factory soon run into various difficulties and therefore was already sold after not quite a decoade. There are no known marks from this period of ownership; the product range apparently covered "... household items and luxury goods ...".

[2] Porzellanfabrik Gräfenroda-Ort Reinhold Voigt O.H.G. (1919 until 1971)

Even though the proprietorship of Reinhold Voigt lasted so long there appears to be not much documentation around. Some sources mention that they had an own decoration studio, others merely comment on the number of workers employed: around 1930 the factory had 75 workers, a count which dropped to 32 in 1937 and went up to 43 again 1949.

[3] V.E.B. Porzellanfabrik Gräfenroda (1971 until 1978)

Following the nationalization in 1971 the factory was independent for a few years before it was put under supervision of the ⇒V.E.B. Porzellanmanufaktur Plaue and had to (as usual in such cases) drop its own marks in favor of those used by the larger combine. Constant neglect of required modernization and repairs eventually lead to a large fire which completely destroyed the factory in 1978 and so the V.E.B. Porzellanmanufaktur Plaue continued to use the molds once created by Voigt.

Marks

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Used between 1919 and 1971, crown flanked by 'R' and 'V', all above 'G'.
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Used between 1956 and 1971, same as before but all above 'GERMANY'.
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Used between 1956 and 1971, same as before but main part enclosed in a box.
(Picture by Dawn Sechevich)
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Used between 1971 and 1975, crown flanked by initials 'P' and 'G'. Version without country of origin.
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Used between 1971 and 1975, crown flanked by initials 'P' and 'G'. Example with 'MADE IN GDR'.
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Used between 1971 and 1975, crown flanked by initials 'P' and 'G'. Example wiht German 'DDR' instead of English ⇒GDR.

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