Aug. Jos. Corzelius (Inhaber Carl Johann Corzelius) / Werner Corzelius
Bergstraße 4 & 2, Höhr (now Höhr-Grenzhausen). Rhineland-Palatinate
Steinzeugwarenfabrik / Stoneware manufacturer
in 1874, August Josef Corzelius married Thekla, the daughter of the potter, Johann Josef Gerhards, and subsequently in 1878, took over and renamed his father-in-law's factory at Bergstraße 4. August Josef Corzelius died here in 1901, but only after the death of Thekla Corzelius in 1909, did their second son, Carl Johann Corzelius take over his father's factory. Carl Johann in the meantime had married Anna Schmidt. Their son Werner Karl (b.12/11/1911 - d.30/12/1988), took over the business from his father in 1945. Up until this point all their pottery had been produced using potters wheels and other traditional methods. But in 1950 they started to design and produce stone tableware, using modern slip moulding techniques. In 1954 the company's name was changed to "Werner Corzelius". In 1966, the company purchased some machinery, moulds & inventory from J.W.Remy. Again in 1971, they purchased some moulds from Eckhardt & Engler, (Werner Karl was a cousin of the Eckhardt's by marriage). In 1975 the company was inherited by Werner Karl's son, Paul-Werner Corzelius (b.1/8/1941), firstly trading as a Limited Company (G.m.b.H) and then as a sole trader (Einzelfirma). At least one Marzi & Remy mould was purchased in the early to mid 1990's. In 2003 the production facilities were leased to another potter. When the two year lease finished in 2005, all stoneware production ceased.
The other branch of the Corzelius family is: A. Corzelius - Menningen / Paul und Hans Corzelius / Roger Corzelius
Reference: Character Steins Westerwald Keramik Werner Corzelius
Letter masthead, issued between 1909 &1945.
August Josef Corzelius b.28/11/1836 - d.7/11/1901.
Carl Johann Corzelius b.21/07/1875 - d.4/01/1949.
Picture courtesy of Paul-Werner Corzelius, showing products relating to D.P. angem. 15090 / D.P. 1057482. Click to enlarge.
Stein showing the inset, which together with its waterproof backdrop, forms the "stage".
` The "stage" consisting of the inset, together with the waterproof backdrop and the dancing figures, powered by a clockwork motor underneath.
View from underneath the base, showing the clockwork motor installation.
Earlier Werner Corzelius impressed mark
Impressed mark on Hofbräuhaus stein, dated 1984.
Ink stamped mark dated 1954 - 1990, probably the latter end of this date range.
"Made in Germany", indicates this stein was made post 1990.
Töpferei Aug. Jos. Corzelius with finished product out front.
Early production from Aug. Jos. Corzelius.
A selection of the various products made by the original Aug. Jos. Corzelius company, prior to adopting modern moulding techniques.
Original mould #425 was by Roßkopf & Gerz , which was purchased by Eckhardt & Engler and subsequently by Werner Corzelius. Therefore the example shown is dated, 1971 or later.
Sticker on W. Corzelius #424 was originally owned by Roßkopf & Gerz , then Eckhardt & Engler and finally by Werner Corzelius. Therefore the example shown is dated, 1971 or later.
Later combined maker's and capacity mark.
Impressed mark dated 1954 - 1990
Impressed mark dated 1954 - 1990 probably the latter end of this date range.
Impressed mark, dated 1954 onward.
Thekla Corzelius b.2/10/1844 - d.23/1/1909.
Anna Corzelius b.11/3/1876-
Earlier Werner Corzelius basemark on 4 litre cider bowl.
Earlier Werner Corzelius impressed mark,during period of 1954 - 1990.
This Munich souvenir stein was originally issued as Marzi & Remy #5354, in both single colour and full colour versions.
Marzi & Remy #5354 basemarks on the stein above
Wilhelm Krumeich (Wekara) version of M&R #5354
Werner Corzelius version of M&R #5354 "Made in Germany" base mark on the stein below..
A coloured version made by Werner Corzelius after German unification in 1990 and possibly after Marzi & Remy was sold to S.P. Gerz in 1994.