German L. Posen Witwe .800 Silver Rococo Revival Tea Service
German L. Posen Witwe .800 Silver Rococo Revival Tea Service, comprising teapot, hot water pot, creamer, sugar bowl and cover, and diamond-form tray. All articles with scrolling gadrooned rims and engraved with extensive scrolling foliate designs, centering a script monogram "B".
Marked .800 cresent moon and crown to underside. Circa 1890.
Hot water pot: 13 inches H; Tray: 2 x 25 x 16 inches].
Condition: good order, minor dents to two serving articles. Please note, because of the high repousse work, I have not overpolished this service. Purchase may request high polishing prior to shipping.
History: L. Posen Witwe represents an unusual factory in the history of Polish-German silver manufacturing in the mid-late 19th Century. Lazarus (L.) Jacob Posen was a Jewish silversmith and silver retailer, who died circa 1865-1868. His widow is the only known Jewish woman to own and run a notable silver factory, Brendina Wetzlar Posen. Mrs. Posen, together with her son, Jacob, made the factory the largest and best-known manufacturer of Judaica and elaborately repousse articles that catered to Nouveau Riche arrivistes to large cities of Germany. Three grandsons came into the business, Jakob, Moritz and Herrmann, but no matter how large and powerful the family became, Nazi-era anti-semitic laws ended up with the confiscation of the business by no later than 1938. Thus, the Posen factory was closed.