German/Austrian Jews Circa 1905 "Zim" #general


Sabra Waldfogel
 

Dear Genners:
I hope that you can help me. I just acquired a beautiful pitcher, made
of nickel silver, by the WMF (Wurttemburgische Metalfabribrik) company,
dating >from around 1905-1910. It is designed in the Jugendstil/Art
Nouveau style popular in Germany and Austria at the time. It is
inscribed "Zim" in the Roman alphabet, and the same syllable in the
Hebrew alphabet (tsaddi-yod-mem in Hebrew letters). Does anyone know
what this might refer to? Is it a family name, an acronym, or a company
name? WMF made many pieces in its heyday, but almost all of them were
intended for a German and German-speaking market, so the Hebrew letters
on the piece are a mystery. Any light you can shed would be welcome.

Sabra Waldfogel

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