Antique Metal Shutters: Vienna

Vienna is chock-full of antique (late 19th and early 20th century) metal roller shutters. The most interesting to find were the shutters made by manufacturers who also made shutters for others cities in the Austrian Empire, in particular for Lviv and Rzeszów, which can be seen in my posts about metal shutters in those two cities.

Joh. Schuberth Wien

Joh. Anderle Wien

Es. Rosenthal Erben Wien

A. Woltär Wien

Shutters by this manufacture can also be found in Rzeszow. In Mukachevo there are old wooden shutters made by Woltär and Molnar, Wien. I think there’s a good chance it’s the same Woltär.

I found examples of old prewar/interwar shutters made by the Woltär company, as well as modern examples. The Alfred Woltar company was founded in 1908 and is still going strong.

Contemporary example (plate made of plastic)
Contemprary example

Ant. Beran

Various Manufacturers

Designs

Lion Heads

Various manufacturers used the lion head on their shutters, in the bottom corners. I’ve found examples of this in Lviv and in Berehovo.
This one is made by the Ant. Beran company

More Examples of Shutters

Shutter with grafitti

Like in Lviv, the key plates with the manufacturer’s stamps have been removed from many of the old shutters, as seen here:

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  1. I think all Ukrainians, from homeland and diaspora, should visit Greece. Many of us grow up thinking that our names, language, religious rites and architecture, and other folkloric traditions are our own, but visiting Greece will show that we imported and adopted them lock, stock, and barrel. Flattening the church domes to a pear shape, and polyphony, are the only uniquely Ukrainian contributions that I can think of.
    Nice website!

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