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    Default A bit of Loewe

    This little old wrench came from Oberndorf am Neckar, couldn't pass on this one.

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    Super! If it was 9mm instead of 10mm I would say you landed a nifty caliber piece , but it ain't bad as it is.
    Ron
    If it is made after 1918...it is a reproduction.

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    excellent

    when did Lowe quit being a company (can you judge age of this, but that)?

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    I wouldn't pass either! Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Tinker View Post
    when did Lowe quit being a company (can you judge age of this, but that)?
    After obtaining a majority interest in Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik in 1896, Loewe's firearms manufacturing merged with DM to become DWM.
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    Loewe did not merge with DM. DWM was created by Loewe. Loewe retained ownership of DWM, Mauser and some other outfits until 1922.



    In the 1930s Loewe focused on machines, tools and electricity, working with AEG on the latter.

    The Ludw. Loewe & Cie. company existed until well in the 1960s when they merged with several other industrial companies to form DIAG.

    DIAG still exists today, so technically Ludw. Loewe & Cie. never stopped.

    The tool is used for square nuts and I suspect it was made somewhere between 1900 and 1919. Need to check when they became an A.G. (Aktieengesellschaft, shareholding company). It may have been an accessory used to set up.a Loewe lathe or milling cutter.

    Below are the cover of the company book published in 1929 and the invitation to the celebration of Loewe's 100th anniversary celebration in 1969.

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    btw. The common misconception that Loewe either merged with or was taken over by DWM was fueled by a not too honest recollection in the 50th anniversary book that DWM published in 1939. It was the height of the nazi-era and DWM, understandingly, did not want to make it too clear that they were founded, owned (until 1922) and spawned by a Jewish owned company.

    The Jewish board member of Ludw. Loewe had been forced to step down from the company in 1938.

    The Quandt family, who bought DWM with Mauser and other assets in 1922, were of original Dutch reformed descent, and of course it didn't do GŁnther Quandt too much harm that his ex-wife shagged up with Dr. Joseph Goebbels. This meant that DWM and Mauser ownership could safely be guided throughout the nazi-years without much discomfort.

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    Thank you, Vlim, your information is very interesting!

    JoŽl

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    Vlim, your explanation is much clearer than mine. Thanks.
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