Scheibe-Alsbach Porcelain is a product from the town of Scheibe in the Thuringia district of Germany. Scheibe-Alsbach was founded by a former accountant named Ludwig Oels, who decorated pipe bowls and stems that he purchased as “blanks” from Breitenbach. When Ludwig applied for a business license, but did not get an immediate response, he still proceeded with production, which drew the wrath of the forestry commission. Consequently, the commission refused to supply Ludwig’s business with the much needed firewood, which was used to fuel the kilns. In 1839, Ludwig was ultimately forced to sell his business to Daniel Kampfe and Friedman Greiner.
After the German Democratic Republic was founded, the government attempted to raise revenue by encouraging the porcelain manufacturers to produce more. This increase in production led to the merging of larger factories into mixed companies. From 1962, Scheibe-Alsbach was under state supervision. In 1990, the Scheibe-Alsbach factory was in such desolate condition that it was finally privatized. After Germany’s reunification, the factory has been taken over by the Porzellanmanufaktur Scheibe-Alsbach G.M.B.H.
This darling set of cherubs, circa 1972-1990, are presented engaging in different activities. They measure up to 5" in height and 4 3/4" in length. Unfortunately they each have a condition issue which really does not detract from their appeal. The first lying in a flower trimmed basket, is missing several finger tips on the right hand and the leaf on the top of the basket handle is chipped. The second leaning against a heavy tree branch, is missing a wing. The third practicing a one arm handstand, is missing the thumb on the right hand. The fourth lying on a flower filled wheel barrow, is missing three finger tips on the left hand. Each are stamped in blue with the Scheibe "S", crossed blue lines and Germany. Two have the impressed number '"1379". They are darling and will definitely make you smile. Priced accordingly to condition.