4339 German Art and Crafts Silver-Plated 13-piece Punch Bowl with 12 cup holders stamped WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik)
German Art and Crafts Silver-Plated 13-piece Punch Bowl with 12 cup holders with original green glass, stamped WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) "The Christmas Tree" set is a lovely set with central punch bowl with framed Christmas tree motif, simple but intricate details on bowl and cup holders, all presented on platform base with geometric design.WMF(WURTTEMBERISCHE METALLWARENFABRIK) traces its origins back to Daniel Straub, born in Geislingen in 1815. Beginning his career in repairing railway construction equipment, he joined forces in 1853 with Friedrich & Louis Schweitzer in manufacturing metal goods. These items were manufactured either out of Sheffield plate or copper patinated to look like bronze. The company won a prize metal in the International Exhibition in London in 1862. The Schweitzer withdrew from the firm, which became Straub and Son, and opened showrooms it major German cities and was very successful. Wurttemburgische Metallwarenfabrik was formed when Straub and Son joined forces with A.Ritter & Co, and specialized in the electroplating process, but expanding into glassworks and other components for its products. One of their major commissions was to produce copies of antique silver pieces for the German Emperor's collection. In 1905 the company acquired Orvit AG, a firm known for its Art Nouveau pieces and pewter wares. The ostrich was the Straub's family heraldic animal, and was therefore incorporated into the company's trademark.