ANTONIN RÜCKL & SONS 1919-1939
Including WILHELM KRALIK & SONS Czech Glass
1. 1846 - Jan Rückl Glassworks
founded in Cyranuv Wostrow now called town/region of Ostrava, Eastern Czech Republic.
2. 1875 - Antonin Rückl, son of Jan, founded the Svelnicka Glassworks in the region of Jindrichuv Hradec.
3. 1893 - Antonin Rückl founded the Skalice Glassworks in the region of Ceske Lipa
1898 - Registration of Antony Rueckl, Bienenthal (Vcelnicka), Bohemia, Austria in English language in the United Kingdom.
1901 - Registration of Antonin Rückl trademark in Prague, Bohemia.
4. 1903 - Antonin Rückl founded the Nizbor Glassworks in the region of Beroun, South West of Prague.
1919 - Country becomes Czechoslovakia after WW1 & ending of the Austro-Hungarian Empire as well as the Ottoman Empire.
5. 1923 - Antonin Rückl builds a wholesale warehouse in Prague.
1945 - Communist take over and nationalization of all industries, including all large glasswork companies. This included the Ruckl glass facilities in Vcelnicka and Nizbor. The plant in Skalice near Haida was sold before 1939.
1992 - After end of Soviet block control, Jiri Rückl, great grandson, re-acquires all rights to the Nizbor factory business and facilities. Jan Rückl, relative/cousin, re-acquires the Vcelnicka glassworks. These become two separate business entities with no link. They applied for and used different yet similar trademarks.
2002 and beyond - Vcelnicka glassworks closes due to bankruptcy. Trademark registration ends after it re-opens for a short period of time, then closes again and is finally bought by Jiri Ruckl and investors under the Ruckl Crystal A.S. business umbrella.
LOCATION OF THE A. RÜCKL & SONS GLASSWORKS & PLANTS
FROM 1846 TO 2015
1928 German Business card showing each of the three locations of the A. Rückl & Sons glasswork factories at the time: Bienenthal (Vcelnicka), Langenau (Skalice), Nischburg (Nizbor).
Partial map of Western Czechoslovakia, 1919-1939 from Truitt's Volume I