The art of silversmithing has a long tradition at Koch & Bergfeld. Since 1829, the founding year of the manufactory, the Bremen silversmiths have been continuously rolling out their masterpieces.
At that time, the silversmith Gottfried Koch wanted to produce silverware under his own name. He founded a silverware manufactory in the Bremen town centre, and a little later the cameo cutter Ludwig Bergfeld joined him.
The fulcrum and pivot of each individual part of the company is the hand-crafter’s skill, care and patience, as well as the employees’ many years of experience. In a total of 250 books, the so-called “folios”, almost all silverware designs and products have been registered for more than 175 years.
Drawings by such famous designers as Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Gustav Elsass, Bernhard Hoetger, Albin Müller and Henry van de Velde document the design and manufacture of cutlery and silverware manufactured since about 1835 by Koch & Bergfeld, some with names of customers, weight and workshop number.