One Fish, Two Fish

German Jugendstil Hammered Copper Tray by F & R Fischer (LEO Design)

In 1874 Germany, just downstream from WMF on the River Fils, the brothers Fritz and Robert Fischer opened a metalworks in the village of Göppingen (Baden-Württemberg).  It was a good time for German metalsmiths—especially those who produced in the popular Jugendstil aesthetic.  Although the behemoth (WMF) was just twelve miles upstream, there was room for smaller workshops to survive.  Alas, World War I destroyed lives, communities and companies—and if the war didn’t finish you off, the ensuing financial crisis might.  By 1934, F & R Fischer was mostly shut-down, with minimal production into the mid-1960’s.  The copper Jugendstil tray, pictured above, comes from the Fischer’s heyday.  Radiantly-tooled copper is mounted with brass handles and feet.  The Fischer’s two-fish shopmark is stamped onto the handle (Get it? Fish?).  Please click on the photo to learn more about it.

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