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Ludwig Skrivanek Graz Hutfabrikation, no production information.  

Main location:

Schmiedgasse 14, Graz, Opposite the Landhauskeller

Listed in Austrian Hat Industry Guide (1926), Hat Makers Guild of Steiermark, Incorporated Guild Members, page 40.

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Today Gössl Graz Trachten clothing and accessories plus other businesses, offices, apartments.

https://www.goessl.com/goessl-graz

Other locations:

Volksgartenstraße 2, Graz

Today various businesses, offices, apartments.

Sporgasse 13,Graz

Today Sax Eis plus other businesses, offices, apartments. 

https://www.saxeis.at/

 

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Ludwig Skrivanek Graz, Hutfabrikation, no paper label, measures 58 cm, Wool or Wool - Fur,  possibly early to 1930s.  I had no idea from the photos that the felt was a melange of colors.  Also that it had an intact wind cord.  I do not have any information on the production capabilities of Ludwig Skrivanek Graz Hutfabrikation.  Anton and Josef Pichler were the famous Graz Hat companies but I was very happy to find this less known company.  I have to say this Stiff Felt is already one of my favorites.  

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Typical Loop Wind Cord

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  • 1 month later...

This is indeed a wonderful piece of headgear.

Interestingly enough Skrivanek seems to have been taken over by W. &. Kahr somewhere between 1938  and 1943. And they were listed under "Hutmacher" - hatmakers, not under "Hutfabrik" (like Pichler) = hat factory, so Gewerbe, not Industrie.

 

 

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Wolfgang,  Thank you for this valuable information!  Is this info from Graz city directories?  There isn't a paper label behind the sweatband.  I guess it's possible they made the hat but it could have easily been sourced.  The building locations look more retail oriented but I guess they could have had a small production facility.   Is there any information on W. & M. Kahr?  

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Hello Steve,

yes, I took the info from the Graz Adressbücher. What is interesting is that the paid ads (see above) state "Huterzeugung" (at Schmiedgasse 14) so it seems they really made hats, the entry in the telephone directory says: Handel ("retail of hats, caps, millinery, slippers and felt shoes") and this retail seems to have taken place at the other addresses.

Unfortunately I couldn't find anything on Kahr - the only available address books are for 1938 and 1943. Could this have been a case of aryanisation? As it was a OHG (Ordinary/General partnership) there should be info available in the Firmenbuch.

 

 

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47 minutes ago, ErWeSa said:

Hello Steve,

yes, I took the info from the Graz Adressbücher. What is interesting is that the paid ads (see above) state "Huterzeugung" (at Schmiedgasse 14) so it seems they really made hats, the entry in the telephone directory says: Handel ("retail of hats, caps, millinery, slippers and felt shoes") and this retail seems to have taken place at the other addresses.

Unfortunately I couldn't find anything on Kahr - the only available address books are for 1938 and 1943. Could this have been a case of aryanisation? As it was a OHG (Ordinary/General partnership) there should be info available in the Firmenbuch.

 

 

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Very interesting. Aryanisation makes sense.  Is Skriwanek Czech?  


I found this up to 1977.  steirische Plasticwarenfabrik, Ludwig Skriwanek, Inh. Erika u. Walter Berger, Graz 1439

https://portal.zedhia.at/page/public/cpa_000431-85/industrie-compass-1977

I found this later hat so it survived in some form post WWII.  

https://4store.com.ua/obyavlenie/shlyapa-muzhskaya-ohotnichya-fetr-germaniya-hutskriwanek-graz-621964524/

 

 

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44 minutes ago, ErWeSa said:

Yes, could indeed be Czech! The owner of the Kepka firm in Graz I sent you the link of via PM is a certain Karin Krahl-Wichmann - perhaps there is a connection there, who knows. Seems as if you'd have to visit Graz again.

I found this cap.    

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1 hour ago, ErWeSa said:

Nice Austro-Hungarian officer's cap - I can't see the center of the cockade, but I suppose it Says FJ I - Franz Josef I.

As the ad indicates they also sold "Kappen" = caps.

Thanks.  I might contact this collector since he is located in Graz.  It's possible he might know about the history of the company.

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Ludwig Skrivanek Graz, Hutfabrikation, measures 58.5 cm, possibly 1930s.  The Black Fur Felt has a nice Smooth Finish.  It has a lower profile which is pleasing.  Appears that the Sweatband was stitched back in at a later time.  I wasn't able to find any information on Ludwig Skrivanek Graz, Hutfabrikation production capabilities.  I tend to think they sourced the entire Stiff Felt.  I was told by the Seller that this Stiff Felt belonged to her great uncle who was the owner of the first bandage company in Germany, F. & C. Achenbach  Frankfurt am Main (founded 1882) but the company didn't survive WWII.

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