High society receptions, parties at the top officials of companies and states, diplomatic and royal receptions – what unites them? Protocol, dress code and … dishes. Namely, Czech crystal from the legendary Moser factory located in Karlovy Vary. Glittering, flawlessly transparent, sonorous and graceful works of “Moser” are aristocrats in the world of bar glass. It is no coincidence that some time after the foundation of production, they began to be called “crystal of kings”.
Moser is synonymous with luxury
Glasses, wine glasses, fancy vases, decanters and glasses made of colored and white glass are decorated in different ways.
Monograms, gilding and enamel ornaments, colored inserts imitating semiprecious stones, delicate engravings reminiscent of frosty patterns flaunt on their surfaces. Some of the drawings are made so filigree and realistic that it seems like they are three-dimensional.
Crystal for the heads of state is decorated with appropriate symbols.
Each piece made at the Moser factory is a unique piece of art. Really unique – all products are still handcrafted and decorated.
By the way, it is interesting that the brand produces dishes with gender collections – for ladies and gentlemen. As a rule, men (Royal) are bright brutality, women (for example, Lady Hamilton) – emphasized elegance and grace.
Not only aesthetics, but also ecology
Moser is recognized by experts as the finest crystal in the world. Moreover, not only for its decorative properties, but also for environmental friendliness. The glass does not contain lead, which means that the brand’s products are formally safer than other brands.
By the way, the original Moser glass recipe has been kept secret for more than a century and a half.
How it all began
In 1857, an enterprising merchant and engraver part-time Ludwig Moser founded a workshop in Bohemian Karlsbad (today it is Karlovy Vary), which he himself headed, and then remained its manager for six decades. At first, they were only engaged in painting dishes intended for wealthy resort establishments.
The first glass-making furnace appeared at the enterprise only 35 years after its opening. At the same time, the glorious history of the famous Czech crystal began. Over time, the workers of the manufactory learned how to cook it and invented a unique recipe for unpainted and colored glass. For the latter, oxides of different metals were used, giving the products different shades.
… and continued
The workshop turned into a glass manufacture. Thanks to its creator, who spared no time for what we would now call advertising, she came to unprecedented success. Her works adorned the tables of European crowned heads, shone at the court of the Persian shah.
Ludwig Moser not only crowned himself with worldwide fame and became rich, but was also awarded the title of count, which he received from the Emperor of Austria and King of Bohemia, Franz Joseph. For a person who came from a Jewish family, this was unheard of.
Manufacturing, museum, shop
Today the Moser factory is included in the mandatory program of visiting the Czech Republic. The factory has a museum where you can admire thousands of magnificent crystal exhibits (some are estimated at fabulous sums), as well as a shop with the manufacture’s products.