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Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg Sign


A very scarce heavy gauge cast iron sign or plaque for Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg dating from around 1908. Iconic stylised Jugendstil typeset, typical of that period in German design. It has escaped overpainting and remains in very good, solid condition. It's a piece of German and wider European history, of interest to collectors from many different fields.

Although it traces its early history back to 1758, MAN was formed in 1848 when the companies Maschinenbau-AG Nürnberg (founded in 1841) and Maschinenfabrik Augsburg AG (founded in 1840) merged to form Vereinigte Maschinenfabrik Augsburg und Maschinenbaugesellschaft Nürnberg A.G., Augsburg. In 1908 it changed its name to the slightly catchier Maschinenfabrik Augsburg Nürnberg AG or MAN for short.

The company's history is a colourful one. MAN designed and built some of the earliest industrial printing presses and Rudolph Diesel worked with MAN engineers to design and build the first ever diesel engine in the years after 1900. From the 1930s onwards, MAN also produced the diesel engines for German submarines, including the U-boat fleet and built the majority of the Nazi's Panzer and Panther tanks. This, combined with their production of many gun parts, made them a prime target for Allied bombing raids during WW2.

Now owned by Volkswagen, they are one of the world's largest truck, bus and heavy vehicle makers.


H: 21.5cm W: 24cm D: 1.5cm


Germany, c.1910

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