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ABOUT ME

This site is about collecting. I have been a collector of various objects for most of my life. Sometimes it seems like it is in my blood, as I grew up in a family of collectors. I have accumulated a lot of things, and it is time to sell some of them. Also, I regularly see things at prices that are hard to pass by, and I often end up with duplicates as a result.

So I decided to set up this website to sell some of the things I buy. For a while, I sold things on Ebay, but Ebay charges very heavy fees. So I decided that if I was going to continue selling, I would do it myself.

Around the same time, I moved to Switzerland, where my collecting instincts brought me to various flea markets and second hand shops. I found that it is sometimes possible to buy good things at reasonable prices, provided you know what you are looking for, and provided you are prepared to bargain with the sellers.

So after I have added to my own collection, I still enjoy the hunt for collectables, and I still have many items to sell. It seemed to me that the best way to sell them would be to sell things directly to other collectors myself. And so I started the website of Thorgrim's Treasures.

The objective of this website is not to make lots of money. In any case, I don't believe there is a pot of gold in this business currently. The chances of my finding a long lost treasure in the places that I look is very small. What I am setting out to do is to make collectables available to other people at reasonable prices. Even if you just look at what I have for sale, I hope you will find it interesting, and if perhaps enjoy what I am making available, then I will have achieved something. If you buy something, so much the better, Enjoy browsing the site, and please let me know what you think. I value your feedback.

If you have read this far, your next question is probably to ask what kinds of things you might see for sale on this site. Well, I firmly believe that a person should only buy or sell things they are interested in and know something about. So the things for sale here will fall into one or both of those categories.

You will see lots of porcelain and china. Since I am in Switzerland, Langenthal porcelain is well represented. But you will also find other quality brands, such as Rosenthal, Hutschenreuther, Kaiser, Sitzendorf and Nymphenburg, to name a few.

I have always been interested in coins, but my knowledge is predominantly centered on Irish and British types, so they are most of what you will see. The same applies to stamps, but you will also see European and Commonwealth countries represented occasionally.

And then there are the "Others". These will be things that don't fit neatly into the categories in the gallery. Sometimes, they may include things that I find interesting, but don't know too much about. But if they interest me, they may well interest someone else.

That's about it. I have taken up enough of your time reading this, so go ahead and browse the galleries. And I hope that you like what you see.

But if you would like to find out more about some of the brand names I am selling, then continue reading below.

 

LANGENTHAL

The Langenthal porcelain factory was started in 1906, in a town of that name in Switzerland. Within a few years, the factory was recognised for the quality of its wares, and it was producing hotel and household porcelain for regular use. Production continued almost to the end of the 20th century, until the manufacture of white porcelain was outsourced to a factory in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic in 1998.

The Langenthal marks are easy to read, carrying a logo and the company name. The year of manufacture is represented simply by a 2-digit number, though some of the later production did not carry a year mark.

Although not as ornate as some of the other European brands, even the plainest Langenthal has a high level of quality, combining form and function in simplicity.

 

ROSENTHAL

The Rosenthal name on porcelain has for a long time been a mark of quality. The factory was founded in 1889 in the town of Selb in sout-east Bavaria by Philipp Rosenthal. He was succeeded by his son Philip at the head of the company. Both Rosenthals emphasised the quality of their products, and the strength of their designs and advertising soon helped them to establish an excellent reputation for the product.

The firm is still in production, almost 125 years later. The emphasis on design has continued throughout that time, and the company has employed many well known artists and designers to work on their products. Several of those designers are represented in the items for sale here on this site. Today the company prides itself on the feeling of luxury and sophistication that its products portray.

The company has used a number of marks on its products over the years. Usually, the Rosenthal name is itself part of the brand identification. In some cases, this has been adorned with a crown, while in others, two roses and a crown form the adornment. Over the years, the company has had 3 important factories: the main one in Selb, a branch factory in Kronach, and the third at Bahnhof-Selb. each can be distinguished by the style of the brand name applied, while the year of manufacture up to about 1960 can be distinguished by various patterns of dots, dashes and other marks.

 

HUTSCHENREUTHER

The history of Hutschenreuther is complex, but let us start with Carl Magnus Hutschenreuther. He started a factory in Hohenberg sometime between 1814 and 1822. He died in 1845 and his son lorenz took over the business. However, Lorenx decided to leave the family business in 1857, and started up his own factory in Selb. The Hohenberg factory continued to prosper. Hutschenreuther Hohenberg bought out several other porcelain businesses in the early years of the 20th century. Once taken over, they operated under the Hutschenreuther name, so there was, for example, an Hutschenreuther Arzberg, and a Hutschenreuther Dresden. In 1939, it was one of the largest producers in Germany, but owing to the consequences of World War 2, it lost a lot of its production capacity, with some factories cut off in what became East Germany. The Hohenberg firm never recovered its former status, and in 1969, it was bought out by the Selb Hutschenreuther business which had prospered much better.

The story of Lorenz Hutschenreuther is much better. He opened his own factory in Selb, beginning production in 1859. In the early 20th century, the business expanded byond the original utility ware to include decorative pieces. The Selb business also grew, but did not suffer as a result of the war to the same extent as Hutschenreuther Hohenberg. It continued to operate as Lorenz Hutschenreuther AG, and acquired the Hohenberg company in 1969. In 1972, the name was changed to simply Hutschenreuther AG. In the same year, they acquired the Schoenwald and Kahla factories. The company remains one of the most prestigious manufacturers of decorative porcelain to this day, and has employed the services of some of the best known designers of the 20th century in the course of its progress to that status. Their mark, with the Bavarian lion in an oval has become one of the best recognised in Germain porcelain.