Sächsische Glasfabrik August Walther & Söhne A. G. / (V.E.B.) Sachsenglas (A.G.) (G.m.b.H)
Pillnitzerstraße, Radeberg, Ottendorf-Okrilla, Chemnitz, Saxony
Preßglaswerke / Press glass factory
Max Hirsch established the Vereinigte Radeburger Glashütten A.G. in 1879, in Radeburg nr. Dresden and manufactured hollow and press glass with presses imported from the USA. In 1886 he merged with Sächsischen Glasfabrik and assumed its name.
Max Hirsch was the brother-in-law of August Walther. On Max's suggestion, August Walther established in 1888, "August Walther and Söhne", 3 miles down the road at Ottendorf-Okrilla. In 1924, Walter Hirsch (b.1880-d.1966), the youngest son of Wilhelm Hirsch, who was on the board of directors, of Sächsischen Glasfabrik, went into partnership with the Würzburg firm of Franz Ruckert and others, to form the new company of Radeberger Bierglasmalerei.
During 1929 - 1932, after the financial crash the Walther family lost its stock majority, through poor management of their company and so August Walther & Söhne A.G. Ottendorf-Okrilla merged with Sächsischen Glasfabrik A.G. Radeberg, to form Sächsische Glasfabrik August Walther & Söhne A.G. Sitz Radeberg and production restarted.
By 1937 the company headquarters had moved to Ottendorf-Okrilla, and the workforce had increased from 776 to 910. They were best known for their superb range of Art Deco centrepieces, figurines, bowls and vases, made during the 1930's and 40's. They also produced a range of Cloud Glass called 'Oralit'. The company was renamed Sachsenglas A.G. Ottendorf-Okrilla in 1940. Hugo Walther retired in 1941. The Radeburg factory closed in 1944.
Like many East German businesses, the company was nationalised in 1946, and became VEB Sachsenglas. The company was then re-privatised in 1990, becoming Sachsenglas G.m.b.H. Whilst the Ottendorf-Okrilla factory was closed in 1992, the company is still in business today with its H.Q. in Chemnitz.. "Walther-Glas" in Bad Driburg produces pressed domestic and giftware, as well as pressed glass articles for the car industry.