history of Krauss Wilhelm

Item number: Krauss Wilhelm (3992)


Category: Krauss Wilhelm


Company history and description of the company Wilhelm Krauss, Nuremberg, Germany

1895-1903 Krauss, Mohr & Co
1901-1923 Mohr & Krauss
1923-1938 Wilhelm Krauss
On 01.01.1895 the plbumers Wilhelm Johann Krauss Mohr, Emil Bell and Mathias Lechner founded a factory for the production of tin toys to prodruce mainly simple steam engins and hot air engines such as operating models. The distribution was carried out by publishers such as Ullmann & Engelmann from Fürth and A. Wahnschaffe from Nuremberg. They also manufactured products for Bing and possibly for Carette, Falk and Schoenner. Stylistic feature was the shape of the cylindrical sheet metal parts, boiler cover , etc. in the historicist style . From the side view, the parts looked like baroque flourishes.
1901 Krauss, Mohr and Lechner left the company probably after an disput.
1903 the company name changed in E. Bell & B. Breitenbach and existed under this name until 1919
1901 W. Krauss and J. Mohr founded after their departure a toy company whose name was Mohr & Krauss ( M & K). There were probably acquired tools from Krauss , Mohr & Co. In addition to the above-mentioned products they produced toy cranes and sheet vehicles with spring and flywheel drive. The production of steam engines was probably abandoned before the first world war in favor of operating models.
On 04.19.1923 the company has been renamed in Wilhelm Krauss (WK). It has been continued after the death of J. Mohr on 28.12.1927 under the old name. The main focus of production remained at the operating models which were always easier and cheaper.
1925 a whole series of simple operational models was produced for J. Falk, hich Falk offered in his catalog from 1925.
On 23/06/1938 the company was deleted. The company Keim & Co of Nuremberg should have taken over the inventories, tools and machinery.


1895-1903 Krauss, Mohr & Co
1901-1923 Mohr & Krauss
Mohr & Kraus; M und K in einem doppelten Kreis 1901-1923

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