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Dear fellow collectors,

whilst dabbling in Saxon orders and decorations I often came across the manufacturers Scharffenberg and Glaser&Sohne who produced well into WW2. Scharffenberg did produce medalbars after 1939, and Glaser&Sohne made FEK's. Did their companies survive the firebombing of Dresden in 1945 and are the companies still producing? I did manage to find some info on Glaser still working, but the info seemed scarce and the pictures bad, unlike Hemmerle&co from München who still produce in the building they were in 100 years ago.

Kind regards, and thanks in advance, Laurentius

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The store of G.A. Scharffenberg was at See-Straße 16:

The question is whether they also produced them there or at another place?

Pictures from http://altesdresden.de

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What I think is also interesting is that G.A. Scharffenberg did lend pieces of his collection for the colored prints of the book "Der Königlich Sächsische Militär-St.-Heinrichs-Orden" from 1937:

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Edited by Utgardloki

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When talking about medal manufacturers in Dresden, you shouldn't forget to mention Heinrich Schneider.  Many collectors believe that the mark of "S" on the Albrecht order is his mark, and not Scharffenberg's.  I have seen a few of Scharffenberg's labeled medal bars made in the 1940's and the quality of the workmanship was very disappointing to say the least.  Simi.

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'S' isn't the mark for Scharffenberg, 'Scharffenberg' and 'Dresden' on the horizontal arms is. the 'S' mark stands for silver, however, since Scharffenberg was the only one to use this mark it has become known amongst collectors as a mark for Scharffenberg.

13 hours ago, Utgardloki said:

The question is whether they also produced them there or at another place?

 

My question was untill when they produced, since I only know of examples made at the latest during WW2.

 

8 hours ago, Simius Rex said:

  I have seen a few of Scharffenberg's labeled medal bars made in the 1940's and the quality of the workmanship was very disappointing to say the least

I agree here, I can't recall seeing any medals made during that period, however the medalbars that I've seen were not of the greatest quality. I have always held the opinion that the orders produced by Scharffenberg were of better quality than the medalbars. This contrary to the various Godet firms, who produced medals and medalbars both of great quality.

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The reason I brought up the "S" mark is that experienced collectors, dealers and auction houses disagree about what it stands for.  I'll bet there are some people here in this forum who think that the S stands for Scharffenberg, some who think the S stands for Schneider, and some who think the S stands for Silver.  Until somebody comes up with hard evidence about what this mark "S" stands for, there will be disagreement and confusion.  Simi.

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