The Adolf Rückl Glassworks, Kamenický Šenov, No. 129

The first written records of a glass works in Kamenický Šenov date from the 17th century, when local inhabitants began developing glass and later trading in glass. Until the 1950s raw glass was brought to Kamenický Šenov from far and wide. One of the suppliers was a glassworks in Pernštejn u Plachtína near Pilsen, owned by the Rückl family. The glassworks was run by Jan Rückl’s widow, Anna Rücklová, together with Václav Jílek. Poor business conditions led to the company being moved to Kamenický Šenov. From 1884 – 1886 Anna established the first industrial glass- works in Kamenický Šenov for her son, Adolf, near the North Czech Railways station. The plant was built by Ignaz Ditrich from Nový Bor and the wood gas fuelled glass furnace was built by Master Javůrek. The plant had its own railway siding connected to the nearby railway station. Production made use of the new wood gas fuel and could therefore melt better quality glass. The plant was extended in 1904  with

of a cutting shop. After the end of WWI further improvements and extensions were added to the design of Max Eschler. Part of the plans included the modernization of the main production hall. The Second World War saw the successful manufacture of optic and semi-optic glass and glass searchlight components and lighting lamps. The production hall was one of the first in the region to be connected to piped gas. Upon nationalization the plant was known as Severočeské sklárny (Northern Czech Glassworks) and produced optics, special glass and protective filters. The glassworks has undergone many conversions and changes; however, production of optical and protective glass remains. The premises are dominated by the fine production hall, built in 1926. Today’s owners are Severosklo Ltd., and tours are available for interested parties by prior arrangement. Telephone Mr. Průcha on +420 487 764 084.


Edited by OHK v Jablonci nad Nisou
Translation: EDUCA – vzdělávací centrum, s.r.o., Jablonec nad Nisou 

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