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Weingroßhandlung Carl Wiewels Trier seit 1847.

Trier: [1846-1948] Stock Code: 116915
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The history of a family-owned German wine business

A unique collection of papers and photographs documenting the history of a family-owned German wine business across two centuries. Beginning with a photograph of Ernst Ferdinand Cronenbold, who founded the company in 1847, this extensively illustrated scrapbook charts the growth of what would later become known as Carl Wiewels, a wholesale wine merchants in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. Carl Wiewels was sole owner of the firm from 1883-1903 and it appears that the company specialised at first in Piesporter; by 1913 the company's spring wine list included 92 different varieties. Documents such as contracts, export applications, bottle labels, business plans, handwritten letters, bills of sale, price lists, photographs of the shop and workers, judicial reviews of staff theft, advertisements, telegrams, certificates, and newspaper articles are included. There are a large portion of documents relating to the company's 100 year anniversary in 1947, and an emphasis on their frequent international trade with Hong Kong, Yokohama, and Kobe. Great care has been taken in the composition and layout; group photographs of employees, for example, have been overlaid with transparent paper on which faces have been numbered, with names provided in a corresponding list. The company's motto, "Vinum super omnia bonum diligamus" ("and above all we love good wine") is handpainted on the front free endpaper in purple, outlined in gold, and encircling a gold-stamped vine with grapes. Towards the latter part of the book the documents are laid in rather than tipped in or mounted, and there are multiples of photographs as well as several pages of wine labels from other companies such as Claus Johannisberger, Jacob Aleiter, Pierlot & Co., and Moët & Chandon.

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Quarto (325 x 250 mm). Original green half cloth, mottled green paper boards, front board lettered in red and gold, plain cream endpapers, with numerous documents, mounted, tipped in, or laid in to pink paper.


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