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In 1882 near the Bronnitsa village situated in Russian Novgorod province were built two factories. P.K. Reichel founded a pottery and a brickyard. The business was based on huge local reserves of red clay and cheap labor. In 1884 the factory switched to producing porcelain and faience. Although the quality wasn't the best and items were not marked.

Eight years later the plant was taken over by Ivan Yemelyanovich Kuznetsov who already owned a few local businesses (in Volkhov, Chudovo and Gruzino). Kuznetsov brought to Bronnitsa porcelain masters from Moscow to create new products. In the beginning of the twentieth century, 1100 people worked at the Bronnitsa factory.

In 1913 the partnership was formed. New shareholders were eight Kuznetsov's relatives. The new company managed factories in Volkhov, Chudovo, Gruzino and Bronnitsa.

After 1917 revolution, control of Kuznetsov's factories was taken over by committees and councils. For a few years businesses worked intermittently. In 1921 was created a trust of Novgorod province porcelain factories called NovGubFarfor. Next year the Bronnitsa factory was renamed Proletariy.

In 1942 the factory was evacuated to Krasnoyarsk and returned to Novgorod in March 1944. The buildings of the plant were badly damaged during the bombing, everything had to start from scratch.

In 1967, the production of thin-walled porcelain was mastered. Porcelain items with views of Novgorod were highly appreciated at the exhibition in Montreal. The company still existed in 2010, but has been in the stage of bankruptcy since 1996.

Proletariy mark
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Proletariy 1976 - 2006 first quality red mark

MMP mark
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Proletariy Novgorod MMP RSFSR second category 1951 - 1952 green mark

Boat mark
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Novgorod red  boat 1967 - 1975 mark

PZ mark
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PZ Novgorod 1953 - 1958, second category mark

Novgorod mark
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Novgorod PZ 1953 - 1958, third quality mark (this mark 1956)

Blue PZ mark
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Blue PZ (Proletariy Zavod) second quality 1958 - 1967 mark

Red PZ mark
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Red PZ 1958 - 1967 first quality mark

Proletariy mark
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Proletariy Novgorod second quality end of 1940s green mark

MMP mark
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Proletariy RSFSR MMP Novgorod 1951 - 1952, third category mark

Boat mark
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Green Proletariy Novgorod 1967 - 1975 sailing boat mark, third category

PZ mark
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Green PZ 1958 - 1967, third category mark

Blue mark
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Blue sailing boat Proletariy Novgorod second quality 1967 - 1975 mark

MSTA mark
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Proletariy NKMP RSFSR MSTA 1939 - 1940s mark

CCCP mark
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CCCP Proletariy Novgorod 1976 - 1980 mark

MCTA mark
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Proletariy MCTA 1939 - 1940s mark

Sickle and hammer mark
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Proletariy village Bronnitsa 1927 - 1930 mark

Teapot mark
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Proletariy teapot 1930s - 1945 mark

MMP mark
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MMP RSFSR Proletariy Novgorod 1946 - early 1950s. mark

Teapot mark
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Proletaiy Novgorod 1930s - 1945 teapot mark, first quality

Proletariy mark
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Proletariy 1976 - 2006 second quality green mark

 
 
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