Leonean goods

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Christmas tree decorations with leonian wire (around 1920)

Leonese goods were originally the most varied of products, for the manufacture of which wire meshes, mainly made of the finest brass wire, were used.


The term Leonese goods is derived from the cities of León in Spain , probably the first place where these goods were manufactured, and Lyon in France . In Nuremberg a Frenchman by the name of Anthoni Fournier is said to have started the first factory production in 1570 or 1569 . The roots of Leoni AG , which is still based in Nuremberg, go back to this company.


Sample book for Leonese wire products, Schwabach City Museum

Sieves (tea strainers, coffee strainers, etc.) required in household and technical applications were known. Products made with silver-plated and gold-plated wire for decorative purposes were also marketed. In this respect among the Leonean goods except wires both noise gold , even gold leaf called or Leone MOORISH gold, and Lahn threads - a wrapped with as-rolled metal wire yarn . Leonean wires were widely used for Christmas tree decorations until 1920. In its smooth form, the material was also known as tinsel based on a tin alloy. Another historical use was for the embroidery of trimmings .

In the course of the 20th century, some of the German companies active in the branch found a new market in the manufacture of cables and cable harnesses for the automotive industry.


  • Leonese goods from Roth.
  • City on Wire - The Roth Factory Museum (Museums in Bavaria number 45).


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Leonische Ware from Roth
  2. ^ City on Wire The Roth Factory Museum (2004). Retrieved August 24, 2017 .