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Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach

Mettlach, Saarland.
Hersteller / Manufacturer.

Known dates: 1809 to the current day. Founded by Jean-François Nikolaus Boch III. Born 1782. Died 1858 
Production of relatively low quality steins began in the early 1840's. However it was the products sent to the World Exhibition, held in Antwerp in 1885, which gave us the works of art we know today. Production reduced considerably around 1912, due to recession in Europe. Then in 1921 a disastrous fire destroyed all the moulds, manufacturing secrets and documentation of the Mettlach factory. Stein production restarted again in the 1970's. 

The following designers either designed the pottery for Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach, or put their designs on standard pieces.
P.B. (name unknown)  R.Buch  MC (name unknown)  T.C. (name unknown)  Bertha Czegka  H.D. (name unknown)  Emil Dorner  Ludwig Foltz II  H. Fuchs  C.Görig 
 Ignatz Guggenburger  Matthias Hein  Adolf Hengeler Ludwig Hohlwein  Otto Hupp  C.K (name unknown)  G.K.(name unknown)  Nikolaus Lessel  Carl Moos  
 Adelbert Niemeyer  Fritz Quidenus  Richard Riemerschmid   Franz Ringer 
 August Roeseler  Heinrich Schlitt  Hans.W.Schultz.  
Johann Baptist Stahl  Franz von Stuck  Christian Warth  E. Winterwerber  

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Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 0056
Impressed mark. Dated 1836 - 1855
Not necessarily from the Mettlach factory.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 11 - 01
Old impressed mark on stein
currently known as Mettlach #42.
Not necessarily from the Mettlach factory.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 13-7-28-2
Early Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #216, dated 1844 - 1st half of the 1870's, complete with "Brauerstern", 
Brewer's Star
lid, has been seen with the four marks immediately below. 
Thought to have been designed by Ludwig Folz II, it did not appear in the 1885 catalogue.

.Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 13-7-28-1
Unusual "2" on the base of the featured Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #216 immediately above

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 12-2-8-1
This mark, also seen on the base of
Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #216,
is dated 1860's - 1870's.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 17-7-28-1
Wappen, Eagles & Exhibition Medallions applied to a mug which includes the moulded date 1822-1844.
A smaller version has been seen on the base of Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #216, . The smaller version was used between 1844 & 1860.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 00051
Applied 
mark also seen on the base of Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #216, is dated 1852 - 1872.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 000013

Castle stein with turret handle. 
Impressed "32" with "9" or "6" to the side. Proven to be one of Foltz's designs made prior to the 1885 catalogue. Possible dates c.1860 - c.1885.
Not necessarily from the Mettlach factory.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 000012
Barrel stein. Impressed "675" with "7" to the side. 
Possibly one of Foltz's designs made prior to the 1885 catalogue. Possible dates c.1860 - c.1885.

Not necessarily from the Mettlach factory.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 34
Applied mark 1852 - 1872.

Villeroy & Boch 40
Impressed "Patent Mark", used between 1880 - 1899.
This example dated c.1882.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 2
"V&B Delft". Painted mark. Between 1894 - 1925/7. 
This version dated 1913.


Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 31
Impressed "Abbey" Mark. 1882 - 1931.
This version dated 1899.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 29
Impressed "Abbey" Mark. Reg. U.S. Patent Office,
created for the Chicago Exhibition of 1893.
This version dated 1911.

.Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 47
Ink stamps on a blank #1526, dated 1896. "Mercury" Ink stamp. 1874- 1909. Marked "Made in Germany" as required by the U.S.A Representative McKinley's Tariff Act of the 1st October 1890. I am informed that D.H.H.N.O. stands for D.H. Holmes, New Orleans.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 0047
"Mercury" Ink stamp. 1905 - 1909.
Charles E. Hires Co. root beer. This version dated 1907.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 19
Coloured ink stamp, dated 1926. This mark #1526/566 was one of only three issued.

Villeroy & Boch 41
Impressed "Abbey" Mark. 1882 - 1931.
c/w "Gegen Nachbildung Geschützt", dated 1891.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 15-7-8-2
The brewery flask above, with its Cyrillic lettering 
was used for beer transportation in the Russian market. There is a clip missing on the front lip.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 15-7-8-1
These are the basemarks on the brewery flask above.

 Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 15-7-8-3
Flasks, similar to the one above, dated 1990, have both an iink stamped "M" inside a circle as shown immediately above, or just an impressed "M".


Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 14-9-2-1
Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #2692, dated 1901

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 14-9-2-2
Basemark on featured stein above.
Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #2692, dated 1901

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 38
"V&B Delft" painted mark. Mould #5013.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 008
Impressed "Combined VB" Mark. 1885 - 1895.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 26
Moulded "Banner" mark.
Believed to be circa 1883 - 1888.
N.B. Date figures for 1883 - 1887 are shown 
inside a rectangle.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 12-5-3-1
Impressed "Patent" mark used
between 1880 and 1899. 

N.B. date figures for 1883 - 1887 are shown inside a rectangle, this particular example is 1885.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 001
Impressed "Abbey" Mark. 1882 - 1931.
c/w "Gegen Nachbildung Geschützt",
N.B. date figures for 1883 - 1887 are shown inside a rectangle, this particular example is 1887.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 18
Impressed "Patent" mark used
between 1880 and 1899. 

N.B. This example shows the date year
written in full, i.e. 1883.


Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 15
"Abbey" Ink stamp. Reg. U.S. Patent Office, created for the Chicago Exhibition of 1893. This version dated 1914. (U.S.A entered WW1 in 1917.)

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 37
"Mercury" Ink stamp. 1874- 1909. Marked "Made in Germany" due to legislation such as the British Parliamentary "Merchandise Marks Act" of  23rd of August 1887. "Plaque" Ink stamp circa 1888 - 1902. This version dated 1892. The Plaque mark applies only to P.U.G pieces, handpainted from a transfer outline.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 12
Impressed "Patent" mark used
between 1880 and 1899.
This version dated 1885.


Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 10
"Mercury" Ink stamp. 1874- 1909

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 12-5-9-1
"Mercury" Ink stamp. 1874- 1909

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 12-7-18-1
Mercury mark on plate, dated between 1947 and 1956.

Mettlach GL
V&B-Mettlach #1909 / Dec 673. The initials, of the designer of the transfer print "GL" are clearly visible on the post in the foreground. "GL" is not a currently known Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach decoration designer.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 0049
Moulded "Banner" combined with impressed "Abbey" mark. Believed to have been used  between 
1883 - 1888. This example is 1884.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 003
Modern Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach impressed mark, 
dated 1979.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 0036
Modern Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach impressed mark, 
dated 1976.


Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 30
"Abbey" Ink stamp. Reg. U.S. Patent Office, created for the Chicago Exhibition of 1893.
This version dated 1915. (U.S.A entered WW1 in 1917.)

Villeroy & Boch38
Impressed "Abbey" Mark. Reg. U.S. Patent Office.
This version dated 1936.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 22
"Mercury" Ink stamp, 1874- 1909. Marked "Made in Germany" due to the British Parliamentary "Merchandise Marks Act" of  23rd of August 1887. This version dated 1908.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 13-3-28-2
Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #1526, Dec.590, dated 1894.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 13-3-28-1
Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #1526, Dec.590, dated 1894 as featured stein immediately above."Plaque" Ink stamp between 1888 - 1902. This mark applies only to P.U.G pieces, handpainted from a transfer outline.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 16
"Mercury" Ink stamp. 1874- 1909. Marked "Made in Germany" due to the British Parliamentary "Merchandise Marks Act" of  23rd of August 1887 / Impressed "Abbey" Mark. 1882 - 1931. This version dated 1897.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 34
"V&B Delft". Painted mark. Between 1894 - 1925/7

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 002
Impressed "Abbey" Mark. 1882 - 1931 c/w impressed "Patent" mark 1880 - 1899. This version dated 1885.
This stein is signed, C. Warth.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 5
Impressed "Abbey" Mark. 1882 - 1931.
This version dated 1895.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 3
"Plaque" ink stamp. Circa 1888 - 1902. This mark applies only to P.U.G pieces, handpainted from a transfer outline.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 11-5-16-1
The Villeroy & Boch identification is unusually on the stein side on this #1909/Dec702, dated 1892.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 15-5-31-2
1/2 litre Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #1909, transfer printed under glaze. Impressed date stamp of 1905. Presumably a commemoration piece for the foundation of the original Spanish settlement in 1565.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 15-5-31-1
Basemarks underglaze on the stein
immediately above.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 23
"Mercury" Ink stamp. 1921- 1933. Saar-Basin.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 17
"Abbey" impressed mark c/w Saar-Basin which existed between 1920 - 1935. This version dated 1929.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlachvb000097
"Mercury" Ink stamp. 1921- 1933. Saar-Basin.
This example on a #1526 stein, dated 1929.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 15-8-9-1
"Mercury" Ink stamp. 1921- 1933. Saar-Basin,
c/w an unusual V&B/M inside circle.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 13-7-28-3
Here is a version of the Saar-Basin Mercury mark. This time a brewery stein of
 Donner Bräu of Saarlouis impressed on the base, dated 1930.

Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach 12-2-6-1
Ink stamp believed to be a post WWII mark from the Mettlach factory, used by the Forces Françaises en Allemagne.


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