Waechtersbach Beehive mark and triangle with
“REGISTERED / GESCHUETZT / DEPOSE”
This back stamp belongs to a German manufacturer called Waechtersbach (in Germany: Wächtersbacher Keramik). The triangle mark was in use between c. 1893 and c.1911 (according to Ludwig Rinn 2002, Markentafel Waechtersbacher Keramik).
The Waechtersbacher Steingutfabrik was established in 1832 and is still in business (now owned by Koenitz Porcelain). The official site of the company is here: http://www.waechtersbach.com/
The impressed beehive mark appears first in 1882 and was used for over 100 years, until the early 1980s.
The company had a good reputation for quality stoneware and a large output of domestic pottery, such as the container above. You will find their products all over the world. I live in Australia and I am surprised how many pieces from the early 20th century until the 1960s you can find here in op shops and at the flea market.
The tray below is an example of the collectable art nouveau / art deco ceramics by this company.
The Wikepedia entry is short: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waechtersbach_ceramics
- Exhibition catalogue 2007, Wächtersbacher Steingut Figuren und Figuerliches, Ausstellungskatalog herausgegeben vom Museums- und Geschichtsverein Brachttal e.v., 116 pages
- Ludwig Rinn (2002), Markentafel Wächtersbacher Keramik, Michael Imhof Verlag, 30 pages
- Exhibition catalogue 2002, Wächtersbacher Steingut, Die Sammlung der Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thueringen.
- Heinz und Lilo Frensch 1979, Wächtersbacher Steingut, publisher Karl Robert Germany, 143 pages