This post will be about vintage Henckel's and history and a couple of unique items.
1731: Peter Henckels registers the TWIN trademark with Solingens Cutler’s Guild.
1818: Johann Abraham Henckels opens the Company’s first branch office in Berlin.
1851: The Company exhibits its products at the World exhibition in London where it achieves international recognition and is awarded a medal.
1883: A sales office is set up in New York, followed a few years later by Cologne, Vienna, Hamburg, Dresden, Munich and Paris.
1893: World Exhibition in Chicago. The only medal awarded goes to ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS.
1905: Recognition of another kind: The African explorer Leo Frobenius christens a range of mountains in the then Congo "Zwilling" and another one "Henckels-Berge".
1915: Four first prizes at the World Exhibition in San Francisco.
1938: The company opens a new chapter with the launch of its multi-purpose scissors, setting new standards in design and quality.
1939: Invention of FRIODUR® - a special ice-hardened no-stain steel. This process is patented by J.A. HENCKELS and subsequently all products using this special method are hallmarked accordingly.
1971: A new concept gives fresh stimulus to the market - J.A. HENCKELS knife sets ensure that the right knife is available for every purpose.
1976: International launch of the **** FOUR STAR knife range, meeting the highest quality standards, developed in collaboration with a number of well known German professional chefs.
1981: The Company celebrates its 250th anniversary
William Graef and Carl Schmidt were importer's of Henckel's 1883-1948
there were no knives imported from 1942-1950.
And it's time for a break have a beer.
Ok now where were we.
J.A. Henckels German Art Deco Large Airplane Bar
This German art deco nickeled brass traveling bar in the form of an airplane was designed ca. 1928 for J.A. Henckels Zwilling, Selingen, Germany. The complete bar has twenty pieces including three flasks, shaker, strainer/citrus press and shaker lid, four nesting cups, four spoons, a funnel/jigger, a corkscrew with cover, fuselage top with propeller, finned tail (fruit cup) and wheeled undercarriage. The strainer juice press is marked “DGRM 894384 Made in Germany”. The airplane is 5” high, 12” wide and 13” long and is in great original condition and for sale.