WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) is a German company that was founded in 1853 by Daniel Straub as a small metalware factory in Geislingen an der Steige, a town in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The company became known as the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik in 1880, following the merger of Straub & Schweizer of Geislingen and A. Ritter & Co. of Esslingen. The factory's main production was of metal and electroplated household wares, but they also made electrotype reproductions of historical metalware.
Initially, WMF produced household items such as cutlery, scissors, and kitchen tools, but the company expanded its product range over the years to include decorative metal objects and luxury goods such as champagne buckets and candelabras. WMF also became known for its innovative designs, which incorporated elements of Art Nouveau and other contemporary art movements.
In the early 20th century, WMF began to produce silver-plated tableware and other decorative more...
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