Kronheimer and Oldenbusch Company



Inkwell Patent 1900


Frame Patent

1901. Patent No. 676,200 E. OLDENBUSCH, SHEET METAL FRAME FOR PICTURES MIRRORS OR SIMILAR ARTICLES. “My invention relates to improvements in sheet metal frames for pictures, mirrors and similar articles; and the object of my invention is to provide a frame of cheap and economical construction.”


1902 K&O Ladies Belt

1902  Patent for LADY’s BELT. To all whom it may concern:  Be it known that I, ERNEST OLDENBUSCH, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Hoboken, in the county of Hudson and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Ladies’ Belts, of which the following is a specification. My invention relates to improvements in ladies’ belts; and the object of my invention is to provide a device of neat and attractive appearance which when worn by ladies will give the long- waist effect now much desired and keep the dress in position.

1905.  Patent 802,082 Oct. 17, 1905. APPARATUS FOR SPINNING METAL Ernest Oldenbusch, New York City. A machine for spinning metal upon which comparatively unskilled labor may be employed. Some of the difficulties of ordinary spinning are obviated. The unevenness of the metal in a hand- spun piece is not manifested by this machine and the extra thickness in such cases must be removed, in hand spinning with extra labor. Metal spun by this machine is free from wrinkles and corrugations. Platers’ guide: with which is combined Brass world, Volume 1

1905.  The factory of the Kronheimer and Oldenbusch Co, 336 Butler St, Brooklyn, is a five story building heated by 3,300 square feet of coil radiation, ten per cent of which is in two coils upon the first floor, through which the returns from the upper floors pass. The condensation from the other two coils upon the first floor is lifted eleven feet and carried back to the pump upon the ceiling. The returns and drips are provided with impulse valves and a differential controlling valve is placed in the main return pipe. Domestic engineering and the journal of mechanical …, Volume 30, Issue 8

1906.  No. 1916 Souvenir Loving Cup. Beautiful silver souvenir loving cup, five or six inches high with three chased handles. Some of the cups are engraved like the accompanying illustration with buildings, or other objects of interest, and some are left plain, so the purchaser can have anything he chooses engraved. They are packed singly in a lined case and are extremely attractive souvenirs. (K&O) American Stationer July 1906   


1906.  STATIONERS BOARD OF TRADE. At the regular monthly meeting of the Stationers Board of Trade held on the afternoon of the 9th inst., the following officers and committees were unanimously re-elected for the ensuing year: President Henry C. Bainbridge; First Vice-President James C. Aikin; Second Vice-President Charles S. Kiggins; Secretary and Treasurer Herbert M. Condit………. Kronheimer & Oldenbusch Co. were elected to membership. The publishers weekly, Volume 69, Part 1

OLDENBUSCH METAL MACHINE CO. Ossining, N.Y., has been incorporated, capital stock $100,000, to manufacture machinery and tools. Incorporators: Ernest Oldenbusch, N.H. Stewart and William H. Shaw. Engineering review, Volume 16 1906.

1912.  A Manufacturing Business Founded On Original Ideas That Has Met With Success 

IN a modest small three story factory about 30 x 50 feet a little more than a decade ago was started a business that has since grown to such proportions that the productions are known throughout the civilized world. The first line of samples cost but a few dollars and could have been packed into a steamer trunk and still have room for wearing apparel; to-day the sample line costs over $22,000 and each of the several travelers have good sized bills for excess during their trips.

The concern that has had so phenomenal a growth is that of the Kronheimer & Oldenbusch Co. which have a five story brick factory, 125 feet frontage on Butler Street, Brooklyn, and one of the handsomest display rooms in this country at 561-563 Broadway, New York City. Less than 50 hands were employed when the business was started but to-day over 250 people are required to transact the affairs of the firm.

There is no secret in the wonderful success of the K&O Co.– as they are best known to the stationery trade of this country. When Ernest Oldenbusch who still superintends the making of every piece of metal ware, and J.E. Kronheimer, who died several years ago, joined hands to manufacture silver and brass desk sets, single pieces and novelties, they resolved to make them well, to put into each article the best possible value, to skimp in no way detrimental to their productions; in short to be honest, painstaking, courteous, look to the needs of the times and their trade and give a full dollar in value for every dollar spent with them. This has always been done, and no firm in the world stands higher for square dealing than does the K&O concern.

As he did when he began manufacturing, Ernest Oldenbusch dons blouse and overalls, rolls up his shirtsleeves and goes right into the making of each article. He sees that the little detail so necessary is not slighted, that the finish of each number is right up to the standard. Mr. Oldenbusch is not only a metal worker, but is the originator of many of the best styles and of processes for making this kind of merchandise, winning fame the world over. At the factory, having charge of the business end in his capacity as treasurer, is N.H. Stewart, who has been with the K&O Co. for many years, aiding greatly in making the success that this firm has attained.

The writer recently had the pleasure of inspecting their New York salesrooms, and although he expected to see a superb line of their goods, he was amazed with the extent and remarkable variety of the complete line.The  illustration herewith, showing two corners of their remarkable salesrooms, gives but a faint idea of the display room as a whole.

1912 A Corner in the K&O New York Salesrooms

As the visitor enters the first impression is of having been ushered into a gorgeous Aladdin palace, his eyes meeting on every side a profusion of beautiful things of metal, the general effect got which is gold, silver, copper and a great variety of other colors.

As one begins to make a detailed examination of the various pieces, exquisitely arranged on tables and cases, the wonder increases, as every article shown is in reality a thing of beauty well calculated to be a “joy forever.”  The completeness of each artistic design, faultlessly executed in every mechanical detail, explains at once the reason for the company’s phenomenal growth and success.  Every piece, however small or inexpensive, bears the certain earmarks of originality and distinctiveness. In other words the K&O products “stand out,” which gives to the line an exclusiveness hard to imitate.

When the company first started in a small way they adopted this policy of making only a distinctive line of goods, always of the first class, and that they have steadfastly clung to this principle is evidenced even by a casual glance. Each piece has a personality that suggests the art craftsmanship of a genius thoroughly in love with his work. Were the designs wrought in solid gold more care could not be given to the workmanship.

To describe the complete line of the K&O Co. would be a hopeless task, running as it does into thousands of numbers, each of which would be well worthy of special mention. Glancing briefly over a few of their most popular specialties sold largely by stationers, however, particular mention should be made of their famous desk sets, which have been frequently illustrated and described in GEYER’s STATIONER.

The illustration gives some idea of how these are arranged on several long rows of tables, but only a personal inspection can give an adequate impression of the beautiful color effects and superb beauty of the individual pieces.In all there are approximately 95 different numbers, ranging in price from $1.50 to $26.50. There are a wide variety of finishes, including brushed and polished brass, gray and polished silver, gun metal, old brass, rose gold, ivory, etc.

At the present time brushed brass seems to meet most with the popular fancy of the public, and the K&O line in this finish is both extensive and exquisite in every particular. The numbers include designs that are likely to meet every fancy, especially of those with a discriminating taste. These sets, in common with all of the other numbers, have flexible or solid desk blotters, covering a wide variety of designs, styles and sizes.It, of course, goes without saying that all of the K&O goods are made of solid brass. They do not manufacture veneer and cheap “imitation” goods, although their prices are but a trifle more than this class of goods.

Of equal popularity with brushed brass, especially during the past few months, are the old brass, rose gold and gun metal finishes. These, as well as the brushed brass, of late are being sold extensively for wedding presents, favors, etc. To a buyer anxious to select a gift “different” from the others these desk sets fill a “long felt want.” Notwithstanding the moderate prices, K&O sets are purchased by the most wealthy clientele, being seen frequently at prominent society weddings, notably the recent Gould wedding, two K& O sets being included among the most expensive gifts of gold and silver.

One of the secrets of the extreme beauty of all K&O designs is that everyone is hand etched, irrespective of price or finish. The result is an effect as superior to stamping and other methods as a steel engraving is to ordinary type or drawings.A particularly popular number among the desk sets consists of 7 pieces, consisting of paper knife, pin tray, inkstand, calendar, stamp box, paper rack and desk pad. The design is a beautiful floral effect. These are offered in a variety of finishes.

1912 K&O Desk Set Ad

A valuable feature of all K&O sets is that the number of pieces in a set can be added to at will. For instance, if a purchaser originally buys a 3, 4 or 5 piece set he can constantly keep adding to it from time to time, at will. In every design there are made up paper weights, picture frames, postal scale, candlesticks, clocks, thermometers, card counters, scissors, card pads, bridge pads, book racks, smoking sets, card index boxes and a great many other specialties of various kinds. All of these “accessori” carry the same designs as the original desk sets, thus affording the stationers opportunity to make additional sales. When a customer buys a small set he usually spends all the money that he cares to invest at that particular time, but at future periods, when he sees other pieces displayed with the same design previously purchased, it is easy and natural for him to add, frequently, other numbers to his set, such as picture frames, a clock or a thermometer, or a new and more elaborate ink well, and so on. This is a feature that a clever stationer can utilize with profit. There are even pipes, cigarette cases and a dozen or more other specialties made up in the principal designs.

We have mentioned only briefly the desk set department of the K&O Co. They are the largest manufacturers of metal picture frames in the world and in many other particulars they have a unique line that every stationer seeking additional profits other than those that staple lines yield should investigate. GEYER’S STATIONARY APRIL 1912 Vol.53

1915.   Kronheimer & Oldenbusch Co NY.  Ernest Oldenbuseh Pres; Nelson A Ransohoff V Ргеs; Louis M Kronheimer Sec; Nelson H Stewart Treas. Capital $60.000. Directors: Ernest Oldenbusch, Louis M Kronheimer, Nelson A Ransohoff, Nelson H Stewart. Novelties, 364 5th Ave. Polk’s New York copartnership and corporation directory.

1921 Ernest Oldenbusch

1918. KRONHEIMER, LOUIS M. 302 Fifth Ave. Kronheimer & Oldenbusch Co. Sec’y and Dir. Directory of directors in the city of New York


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