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Porcelain factory Hertwig & Co. was established by Christoph Hertwig, Benjamin Beyermann and Carl Birkner. First they owned in Großbreitenbach a porcelain shop. Their application for a concession to start a porcelain factory in the town was rejected.

Finally they got lucky in the principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. In 1864 they started construction of a porcelain factory in Katzhütte. Porcelain items produced in Katzhütte were decorated in Großbreitenbach. Production included doll heads, pipe stubs and figurines.

In 1868 Christoph Hertwig became the only owner of the factory. Rapidly developing factory around 1890 employed 300 workers at the site and 600 homeworkers. In 1911 they opened a branch in Meuselbach. WWI and World Economic Crises enforced reduction of product range to fine earthenware. In 1930s the company was already run by Ernst and Hans Hertwig, the sons of Karl and Friedrich

After WWII the company was in communist East Germany. Ernst Friedrich Hertwig, the great-grandson of the company's founder, led the company until 1958. Two years later, the company was converted into a state-owned company, the VEB Zierkeramik Katzhütte. The product range was cut back to decoration ceramics only. In 1990 the factory was closed.

Thuringia mark
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Katzhutte Thuringia H cat 1914 - 1945  mark

Green cat mark
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Green cat H house 1914 - 1945 mark

Blue Katzhuette mark
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Blue Katzhuette H cat 1914 - 1945 mark

Hertwig mark
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Hertwig H cat 1941 - 1958 mark

Impressed mark
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Katzhutte impressed H cat 1914 - 1945 mark

K mark
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Stylized K Katzhutte 1958 - 1990 mark

Impressed mark
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Impressed Hertwig cat 1941 - 1958 mark

Germany K mark
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Germany K 1958 - 1990 Katzhutte mark

Black Katzhutte mark
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Blach Katzhutet H cat 1914 - 1945 mark

Filigrette mark
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Filigrette Katzhutte mark registered in 1915

 
 
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