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Nitsche, Josef (1851 (date of birth) - 1923 (date of death))



  • Existence: 1851 (date of birth) - 1923 (date of death) - 1923


Josef (Joseph) Nitsche and his son Clement operated a home engraving shop in Corning, New York. Josef Nitsche was born in 1851 in Meistersdorf, Bohemia, where he also learned his trade. In 1882 he and his family emigrated to England to work as a glass engraver for Thomas Webb & Sons. He then emigrated to the United States to work in Corning, New York for J. Hoare & Co.

By 1895 he had opened his home engraving shop, and his son, Clement, learned the trade there. Both father and son continued to work as glass engravers in local factories, including T. G. Hawkes & Co. and H. P. Sinclaire.

Josef Nitsche died in 1923.

Bibliography: Sinclaire, Estelle F. and Jane Shadel Spillman. _The Complete Cut & Engraved Glass of Corning_. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1997.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Nitsche & Son Glass Engraving Collection

Identifier: MS-0110
Scope and Contents This collection documents the work of two generations of glass engravers in Bohemia and in Corning, New York. It contains documentation of Josef Nitsche's and Clement Nitsche's work histories, including Josef Nitsche's official employment record while working in Bohemia, a daybook documenting work completed by the Nitsche home cutting shop, receipts, design drawings by Clement Nitsche, and other materials. A family history with images may be found in "A Brief Illustrated Guide to the...
Dates: 1869-2018; Majority of material found within 1882-1938