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Kamenzer Maschinenfabrik Gebr. Heidsieck - Kamenz, Germany

Age: circa 1920s, Platen size 5" x 8"

In 1896, brothers August and Gustav Heidsieck formed Kamenzer Maschinenfabrik Gebr.Heidsieck in Kamenz, Germany, and produced platens based on the Boston Principle. One recognizable feature was the shovel handle lever.

After WWII, Heidsieck found themselves in East Germany. Like many other manufacturers of the time, Heidsieck became state-owned, and in the early 1970s, the company was absorbed and became part of VEB. In the 1992, after the wall came down, it was purchased and privatized by a new owner.

Today, the company continues to be in business the under the name of Kamenzer Maschinenfabrik GmbH - designing, building, commissioning and servicing various machinery requirements for clients.

Kamenzer Maschinenfabrik Gebr. Heidsieck - Kamenz, Germany


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circa 1920s

5" x 8"



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