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The porcelain factory in Sorau (now Polish Żary) was established by Gustav Otremba in 1888. It started production
in the buildings of the former nails factory as Gustav Otremba Porzellanfabrik Sorau N.L. A year later the company joined Franz Böhme. In 1892 Böhme bought Otremba's stake and became the only owner. In 1901 the factory was transformed into a limited liability company (Porzellanfabrik Sorau G.m.b.H.) and a new owner was Fritz, son of Franz.

The WWI wasn't a good time for the entire porcelain industry. Most of qualified workers were mobilized, some of foreign markets lost and internal market shrunk. In 1918 the Sorau factory bought a merchant, Gotthard Curtius. Just months later the company was overtaken by Christian & Ernst Carstens consortium. The factory was renamed to C. & E. Carstens Porzellanfabrik Sorau N.L. Ernst Carstens died in 1923 but his heirs continue to run the company.

The Sorau factory strenghtened its position thanks to exporting to other European countries and North America. In 1930s number of employees increased to 400.

During the WWII the Sorau porcelain factory continued production despite war restrictions. The factory was destroyed in February 1945.

Sorau Carstens mark
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Export Sorau Carstens mark, which was in use in the 1925 - 1940 period.

SORAU

CARSTENS

PORZELLAN

MADE IN GERMANY

Sorau 1919 - 1945 mark
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Sorau 1919 - 1945 mark

Sorau mark
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1925 - 1945 Sorau china mark.

Sorau PS mark
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1896 - 1918 Sorau mark.

Sorau anchor mark
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Sorau PS anchor 1892 - 1906 mark.

Berolina Sorau mark
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1920 - 1930 Berolina Sorau mark.

Sorau red mark
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1920 - 1935 Sorau mark.

Sorau W mark
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1940 - 1945 Sorau mark.

OST Sorau mark
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Sorau OST 1930 - 1939 mark.

Sorau crown mark
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Sorau crown 1925 - 1939 mark.

Sorau Germania mark
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Carstens Sorau Germania 1920 - 1924 mark

Sorau Svea mark
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Sorau Svea pattern 1920 - 1939 mark

Sorau Handgemalt mark
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Sorau Handgemalt 1919 - 1921 mark

 
 
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