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E. G. Zimmermann
Date: German, 1842 - 2010
Remarks: In the 19th century, the fine iron foundry Zimmermann was one of the best-known manufacturers of fine iron, and later bronze castings, today sought after as valuable antiques by collectors all over the world. Shells, candlesticks, tables, marble desk and smoker sets, often in combination with fine iron casting, later bronze, were delivered to many countries of the world - including the Tsar's court in Russia. For the private aircraft of the Sultan of Brunei, the company produced glass coasters and cutlery made of tigereye, sodalite, rose quartz and sterling silver together with a London silversmith in the early 90s. Following the reconstruction of the factory, which was completely destroyed in 1944, onyx and marble products in the form of gift items, small pieces of furniture and living room lighting stood in the foreground. These were distributed mainly through specialist dealers, department stores and mail order companies. Custom-made items such as mixer handles, watch cases or pedestals for desk utensils have been exported to many countries with a focus on the USA. More than 300 people joined the workforce in the early sixties, followed by company foundings in Italy and Mexico in the 1970s. From the 1980's on, the competition from Chinese and Taiwanese low-cost products became too big, from the 90's the company focused on customers who were willing to pay well for high quality and exclusive marble and granite varieties. - Frankfurter Rundschau, 9/7/2010