The OSIRIS factory was founded in 1899 by father Friedich August Scherf ( 1839-1922) and son Walter Scherf (1875 –1909). It was called the “ Metallwarenfabrik Fur Kleinkunst Walter Scherf & co” in Nürnberg.
Before Walter Scherf became head of OSIRIS, he worked at the firm ORIVIT, until 1899 . He took with him some of their workers with and artistic ideals. From 1899 until 1909 the factory produced 1300 items They outnumbered the firm KAYSERZINN with some 300 items . The firm developed a new sort pewter in 1902: the so-called “ISIS” metal. I
The firm worked with great designers such as:
Joseph Maria Olbrich
Walter Scherf himself
During the firm’s short life it won several prizes :
Certificate of honour in Turin( 1902)
Gold medal of Konig-Ludwig Price (1902)
Gold medal in ST Petersburg (1903/1904)
First and second prize in St. Louis, USA (1904)
Gold medal in Cape town South Africa (1904/1905)
Gold medal in Chistchurch New Zealand (1906/1907) and many certificates and honor medals
In the year 1906 they changed the name OSIRIS to “ISIS Werke Gmbh. kunstgewerblicher Erzeugnisse”
The firm was almost bankrupt by 1908 and sadly in the year 1909 Walter Scherf took his own life. The end of “OSIRIS” –“ISIS” was in 1909.