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Bauhaus Tubular Steel Desk By Mauser Circa 1930s

Product Code #OA2796

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- Chromed tubular steel frame
- Steel body with original cream paint
- 4 Drawers with original nickel plated brass handles
- Black rexine top
- Made by Mauser
- German ~ 1930s
- 156cm long x 78cm deep x 78cm tall


In 1896, at the age of 24, Alfons Mauser founded a factory for sheet steel products, steel gratings, garden gates and fence elements in Oberndorf am Neckar, which he sold under the name Zaunkönig . In 1898, Mauser moved his company's headquarters to Cologne-Ehrenfeld with the help of his father-in-law . In addition to the Zaunkönig products, from 1900 onwards he also manufactured baskets made of steel strip, which were needed for the transport of thick-bellied glass balloons in which liquid chemical precursors such as acids were transported. In 1903, Mauser also developed airtight lockable steel barrels made of sheet iron for the chemical industry and the petroleum industry, which became known under the name Mauser patent barrels .

In 1921, Mauser acquired a former carbide factory in Waldeck , Hesse , which he remodeled with production lines for steel barrels. The company prospered and became one of the region's largest employers. Gas bottles, containers, tanks and a variety of agricultural products were soon manufactured here. In 1922, Mauser moved the company headquarters from Cologne-Ehrenfeld to Brühl in the Rhineland and renamed the company Mauser-Werke GmbH . Alfons Mauser died in 1927 at the age of 55. His five sons continued the company's business in the form of a family holding company. After Mauser's death, the Alfons and Maria Mauser Foundation was founded , which was committed to the social concerns of employees and their relatives.

The sons' generation diversified the company's product range. In 1929, production of steel furniture began at the Waldeck factory, and barrel production was also expanded. Large production facilities were built in Harburg, Neuwied and Herdecke, and subsidiaries in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo), in Portugal (Sapem/Lisbon) and in the Netherlands (Vreeland factory) manufactured Mauser patent barrels . From 1930 onwards, Mauser-Werke manufactured cantilever tubular steel chairs based on their own designs, which, however, could not deny their design proximity to Bauhaus designs. This was followed by lengthy legal disputes with various patent holders such as Mies van der Rohe (1936) and, after the Second World War, with the furniture manufacturer Thonet , which competed in the design segment (until 1961).

As part of the relocation of armaments factories important to the war effort, the Henschel aircraft engine works moved into the Waldeck production halls in 1944, which meant that barrel production had to be stopped. After the war, the Mauser works used the barrel and barrel production lines that had previously been stored due to the switch to war production to produce high-quality furniture and office equipment. The Mauser round shape program offered desks, conference tables, club tables and filing cabinets.

Condition Report

Some wear to the chrome surfaces in places as well as some chips to the paint, the top has some indentation marks from its previous life.

As with all of our products this product is an original piece and has lived a life before it arrived at Otto's HQ. It has been sympathetically restored by the Otto's team to ensure it has a life for many more years to come. All of our products will show signs of patina and cosmetic wear, this we believe is what gives our products their unique charm. If you have any further questions regarding the condition of this product or any others please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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