Walter Scherf & Co.
Walter Scherf & Co. was founded in Nuremburg in 1899 by Friedrich August Scherf and his son, Walter. Before founding his own firm, Walter had worked for a time at another well-known German Jugendstil metalwork firm, Orivit; when he left he took with him a number of craftsman and ideas. The company enjoyed early success producing art nouveau objects; between its founding and 1909, it produced an estimated 1,300 objects, outpacing even larger manufacturers such as Kayserzinn, frequently using the trade moniker “Osiris.” The company won several gold medals at various international exhibitions, including Turin in 1902, St. Petersburg in 1903, St. Louis in 1904, and Cape Town in 1905. The company’s key... more.