FRISTER & ROSSMANN 

VS  sewing machines after 1925

under GRITZNER 

From 1920 to 1928, Oliver Quitmann, Agent for England and Colonies, had his offices at 18 City Road, Finsbury Square, London EC1.

From 1925 serial numbers were re-numbered. 

From 1928 to 1939, Oliver Quitmann, Agent for England and Colonies, had his offices at  23 & 24 Little Britain, Newgate St, London EC1.

In 1929 Frister & Rossmann was in dissolution and serial numbers were re-numbered again.

 

VS-E 21          from  1926 circa

s/n  3.715.042  1926 circa
s/n 3.715.042 1926 circa

 

VS-E 22    from s/n 3.717.412  (1926)   to    2.842 (1929)

s/n 3.765.975
s/n 3.765.975
#  2.229
# 2.229

 

VS-E 23   from  s/n  3.872.496 (1929)  to   43.221 (1934)

s/n 3.872.496
s/n 3.872.496
#  43.221  last
# 43.221 last

 

VS-E 23 var1  from  s/n (circa 1929)

s/n  212.256    1939 circa
s/n 212.256 1939 circa

 

VS-E 24  from  s/n  744   (1929)     to      223.658   (1939)

#  744
# 744
#  212.295
# 212.295

 

VS-E 25  from  s/n   17.952  (1931)    to    123,665  (1937)

1931 Advert
1931 Advert
#  17.952
# 17.952
'#   123.665
'# 123.665
# 223.658    1939
# 223.658 1939

 

 AFTER...

WWII

 1 Sept    1939

Imports stopped between 1939 and 1945 then after the war the U.K. importer, Quitmann, with offices located at 350-356 Old Street, London, EC 1, bought all the rights to the Frister & Rossmann trade marks and became a British registered trading name.

Durlach was a borough of the German city of Karlsruhe. After the war the city was destroyed by 40%.

In 1945 an American military base was established in Karlsrhe. Factories were reconstructed in record time and export business activities begun again.

In 1955 a major  fire destroyed GritznerKaiser factory in Durlach.               Weakened  Gritzner-Kaiser is easy prey for a competitor based in Kaiserslautern, GM  Pfaff  AG.

In 1957 the factory was rebuilt by the GM Pfaff AG that takes over the majority of shares.

In 1959 Frister & Rossmann Sewing Machines Limited was incorporated.

The Frister+Rossmann brand is now solely owned by SMD Retail Limited, the parent company of Sewing Machines Direct and the range is now designed and manufactured by Jaguar International Corp, Osaka, Japan who have a long established relationship with many other UK brands including Singer and Bernina.