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J.W. Remy
Mittelstraße 7 & 10, Höhr. Hesse-Nassau, Prussia. (now Höhr-Grenzhausen, Rhineland Palatinate).
Steinzeugfabrik / Stoneware manufacturer
Johann Wilhelm Remy, born Höhr in 26th February 1833, was from a long line of pottery manufacturers in the area. He founded his company at Mittelstrasse 7, in 1860, producing hand-turned salt glazed designs, in a wood-fired kiln which was later converted to coal. Artistic design training received by both sons August Wilhelm and Franz Jakob, at the beginning of the Königliche Fachschule Höhr in the early 1880s, taught new design and manufacturing techniques. Early designs were in the Historismus style but later focused on modern (for those days) life which included many tavern scenes depicted by several of the popular artists of the period.

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, J.W. Remy formed an alliance with his son-in-law Karl Thewalt to build a gas-fired round kiln on the Thewalt property, the actual location of which is not currently known. The products from this kiln utilized a then new process of glaze slip being applied to the stein prior to firing. The color of the fired clay was ivory leading to the name of Ivory Stoneware,
Elfenbeinsteinzeug. Between 1903 & 1909 they were influenced by the Jugendstil styles of Henry Van der Velde, Peter Behrens, Karl Görig & Albin Muller. It should be noted that although designs were purchased, no stein was ever signed by these designers. In 1909, at the Wiesbaden Exhibition, Remy launched their famous range of etched "Reetmachte" steins which most collectors know today.

It is assumed that August & Franz were actually running the company as partners when J.W.Remy died, aged 78 in 1911, with Franz focusing on the business and August, on design. Following both their unexpected deaths in 1928 without children, the factory was taken over in 1929 by nephew, Robert Kessler, and his brothers August and Karl.
 During this period the company struggled to survive and introduced decorated wares with high color until W.W.II during which the factory produced only utilitarian wares. During the late 1940s the company reactivated many of the old moulds and began to manufacture many old designs allowing production to expand, requiring some 35 employees. However when in 1959 & in 1965 respectively, both Karl & August Kessler passed away, the business folded, because none of the owner's children wanted to continue the business, plus the factory was in the centre of Höhr, preventing any possibility of expansion of the facility. The company was therefore dissolved in 1966 and the buildings were soon demolished to allow for expansion of the downtown street system.
N.B. J.W.Remy was the brother of Simon Peter Remy of Marzi & Remy
 Karl Thewalt was the son of Johann Peter Thewalt, the owner of the factory and logo JPT, founded in 1852.
Reference: Lyn Ayres Character Steins  Capacity Marks  Twisted Vine Handles  Westerwald Adressbuch  Character Steins Catalogue  Mysteincollection
Reference: Remy Family 1, Remy Family 2.

J.W. Remy 16-2-28-2
J.W. Remy #1092. 2.5 litres, circa 1900.

J.W. Remy 16-2-28-1
Mould number on the above stein

J.W. Remy 002
Mark used up until 1918.

J.W.Remy 4
K.L.M. "Heimat Express" impressed mark, post 1936.

J.W. Remy 15-11-2-1
Mark used up until 1918.

J.W. Remy 08
Ink stamp, used between 1948
 and the ceasing of production in 1966.

J.W. Remy 18-4-18-2
"Ram” stein #11283 (1283 in the book), probably dated between 1925 and 1950.

J.W. Remy 18-4-18-3
Base mark of featured "Ram" stein #11283, above.

J.W. Remy 12-4-24-1

An advertisement from Führer durch Höhr, dated 1907

J.W.Remy 3

Mark used up until 1918.

J.W. Remy 07 
Impressed mark on tobacco jar.

J.W. Remy 17-8-14-1
JWR. #(1)1059

J.W. Remy 06
Very faint elliptical J.W. Remy.

J.W. Remy 19-11-22-1
A vendor's impressed mark
on the base of a J.W. Remy #573.
The front tableau of the stein is of
Harburg Castle in Bavaria.

J.W. Remy 15-7-17-1
J.W. Remy, etched "Reetmachte" stein, #1220, 

dated c.1910.

J.W. Remy 19-11-22-2
J.W. Remy #308, with three tableaux, each containing a German Emperor, Wilhelm I, Friedrich III & Wilhelm II. 1888 was known as the year of the three Emperors, so this is assumed that this is the date of the stein.

J.W. Remy 19-3-21-1
Basemark of the J.W. Remy #308 above.

J.W. Remy 17-1-15-2
Another example of the mark immediately above.
The "R" presumably stands for Remy.

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