Milestones in our Company History
Josef Reiner founded the Bavarian Silver Factory in Krumbach in 1874.
Following his years of apprenticeship and travel, some of which he had spent in the nearby silver capital of Augsburg, he established his own business manufacturing the finest Faden and Spaten cutlery.
During the following years, Josef Reiner's skills were honored with numerous prizes and medals at art and trade exhibitions.
The second generation joins the family business: With the sons Wilhelm and Josef Jr., the company Gebrüder Reiner is established.
At this time, one focus of the company is cutlery patterns in the Historicism genre, which was very fashionable at the time, and later in the Art Nouveau style.
The difficult years after the war provide the incentive to produce silver-plated cutlery in addition to silver cutlery.
In the course of the 1920s, the silver manufactory attracts renowned Munich artists such as Professor von Mayrhofer, Niemeyer and Riegel for design work. Furthermore, the company now begins to offer patterns to its customers based on the ideas of Bauhaus, Werkbund and Art Deco.
The company's prospects are now increasingly determined by the third generation, represented by Max Reiner and Dr. Hermann Neff. The latter is even awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his commitment - in his many honorary posts as well.
The dawn of the economic miracle allows many to dream of owning their own silver cutlery and often the cutlery is collected piece by piece for a dowry.
Playful antique motifs such as the "Hildesheimer Rose" are just as popular at this time as modern Scandinavian designs.
The silver manufacturer Gebrüder Reiner celebrates its 100th anniversary. Management responsibilities are gradually handed over to the fourth generation: Dr. Rainer Liebenberg and Wilhelm Reiner.
The classic style collection is expanded through the addition of the Bruckmann "Empire" and "Rokoko" cutlery.
Robert Liebenberg joins the company management as a representative of the fifth generation.
With the reproduction of Grimminger cutlery and the new edition of the Munich council silverware "Atelier", the company becomes even more design oriented. The contract to outfit the German Embassy in Washington is a testimony to the company's enduring commitment to design.
The model "Atelier" is awarded with the White Star Award by the magazines Schöner Wohnen, Living at Home and essen&trinken.
The Auerhahn model "Omnia" - a design by the artist Fritz Lamparth, adopted by the silver manufacturer Gebrüder Reiner - is awarded the German Design Award Special 2016 by the Rat für Formgebung (German Design Council).