We are thrilled to present this remarkable coffee set from renowned German porcelain manufacturer Hertel Jacob and Company.
Hertel, Jacob & Co. made the the finest Bavarian porcelain prior to the 1950's. Their workmanship is said to be comparable to Rosenthal of Bavaria.
The set consists of an enormous coffee pot, sugar bowl and milk pitcher. As you can see, each piece is decorated with the most incredible overlay of sterling silver. The porcelain is a lovely shade of bone-white which complements the silver beautifully.
Vertical silver stripes adorn each piece along with an intricate and romantic design with leaves, florals and birds.
The company was originally founded in 1906 but wouldn't reach their full potential until 1913 when they employed over 250 people.
After World War II, the company would transition to a manufacturing process based more on automation; this would lead to a slight drop in quality and design.
As evidenced by its incredible design and hallmarks, this extraordinary coffee set dates from approximately 1930.
The hallmark reads "Hertel-Jacob, Rehau, Bavaria" and is painted on the underside of each piece in the set. Rehau is a municipality in the district of Hof, Germany, where the Hertel-Jacob factory was located.
The coffee pot, milk pitcher and sugar bowl all remain in very good condition. There is a very thin crack in the porcelain of the milk pitcher near the handle, though it is barely visible and not compromising the piece's structural integrity.
Obviously there are some dark spots and areas of slight patination on the sterling overlay though it is minimal and to be expected on a set of this age. We wouldn't dream of polishing the silver but leave that to the buyer.
This stunning set is truly a collector's dream.
Measurements: Coffee Pot: base diameter 4.25", opening diameter 2.5", height (w/ lid) 10.5", height (w/o top) 8", width 6", width (spout to handle) 9", top height 3.75", top diameter 3", 2 lbs.
Sugar Bowl: base diameter 3.5", opening diameter 2.25", height (w/ lid) 4.75", height (w/o top) 3", width 4.25", width (handle to handle) 5.75", top height 2.5", top diameter 2.75", Approx. 11 oz.
Milk Pitcher: base diameter 2.75", opening diameter 2.25", height 5.25", width 3.5", width (handle to spout) 5.33", Approx. 12 oz.
Total weight of set: 3 lbs., 7 oz.