Wilhelm Krumeich aus Ansbach (Wekara) (Inhaber Wilhelm. P, Alois und Theodor Krumeich)
Ransbach, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia. (now Ransbach-Baumbach, Rhineland Palatinate).
Steinzeug, Tonwaren, Terrakotten und Keramikwarenhandel. / Stoneware, pottery, terracotta and ceramics trade.
Founded in 1815, the business moved to Ransbach in 1884. The 1922 address book states that the company was run by Wilhelm Peter, Jr., Alois Jakob and Theodor Krumeich. After the great fire of 1921 in the Mettlach factory, a number of articles were produced by Wekara in their Ransbach factory, using the moulds supplied by Villeroy & Boch. The owner, Wilhelm Krumeich, was a friend of Jean Baptist Stahl of Villeroy & Boch, having both been students of the Ceramic Technical School in Höhr. Also their families had previously intermarried going back to the early 1700's.
The company closed circa 1978.
Manufactured steins for: Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach, Marzi & Remy
Reference: Westerwald Adressbuch 1922
Basemarks on the Wekara punch cups on right.
Basemarks on the Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach punch bowl, (soup tureen), #2087, on right.
Wekara #2001 with pressed steel hinged lid.
Dedication on the pressed steel lid above, dated 8/2/1929.
Wekara #2001 on the base on the stein above. Marzi & Remy #2001 is a different stein.
This advertisement, dated pre WWII, shows that Krumeich also designed & manufactured a range of patented hermetically sealed storage jars, and sold them under the name of Wilhelm Krumeich, as opposed to Wekara.
Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #2087 punch bowl, (soup tureen), with lid and saucer, dated 1916, together with eight Wekara 1/4 litre punch cups, #3487, in matching Terracotta, dated 1926, which were made in Ransbach for Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach, after their great fire in 1921.
1/4 litre blue version of the punch cups, Wekara #3487, above. Both the blue and terracotta versions, have a 26 base mark, indicating 1926 production.
A larger illustration of a Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #2087 punch bowl, (soup tureen), dated 1916.
Wekara #3482, made in Ransbach for Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach, after their great fire in 1921.
Impressed mark (no outline) on 1/2 Ltr. Wekara #3482, made for Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach.
Advert dated 1925. Krumeich's Preserve Jar For use in thickening by boiling of fruits and vegetables - will not break or crack while cooking - well over a million in use. Wilhelm Krumeich, Ransbach, Westerwald. ×
2 litre, Wekara #3480 dispensing stein. This is a copy of Villeroy & Boch - Mettlach #2893. The traditional V&B-M white glazed interior is often included in the Wekara version.
Base of the 2 litre, Wekara #3480.
Impressed mark (no outline) on 1 Ltr. Wekara #3480, dated 1923.
Impressed mark with outline. Almost certainly manufactured by Marzi & Remy, due to 5xxx number.
Impressed mark with outline. Probably manufactured by Marzi & Remy
Impressed mark with outline. Stein manufactured by Marzi & Remy.
Pre-war Exhibition advertisement: Leipzig messe: Handelshof 2, Obergeschoß, Zimmer 228. Wekara: Kunstkeramiken : Feinsteinzeugwaren: Blumen - Pflanzkästen: Ton - Nesteier & Butterküler ×