The Darr & Axthelm company was founded as a vehicle construction company on April 5, 1869 in Eisenach Germany.
Since its ten-year existence, the company has developed from the smallest beginnings into a very efficient factory. Especially for better car construction, the products are gaining more and more recognition at home and abroad.
A carriage built in 1892 is preserved in the Auerstedt Carriage Museum (Thuringia). The Mecklenburg Carriage Museum in Kobrow houses a landaulet from around 1890 by D. & A.
Paul Axthelm separated from Darr around 1897 and founded a new company in Weimar.
In 1907, Darr in Eisenach had got into economic difficulties, so machines began to be sold out.
In 1908 Darr committed suicide (the “Centralblatt der Wagenbauer” reported that the carriage maker Darr from the Darr & Axthelm company had disappeared without a trace. Darr, “whose company is world-famous”, had committed suicide).
In 1909 all workers are laid off and the company is closed.
The company Darr & Axthelm, Eisenach, Nonnengasse 3, is mentioned in the address book for the last time in 1909. It was obviously taken over by the carriage builder Christian Klein, who lived in 1910 with the widow Darr in Nonnengasse 3 – the company existed until the 1930s.
Axthelm continued the business
In contrast, the Axthelm company in Weimar developed very well. In the “Centralblatt der Wagenbauer” we find in 1907: “The Grand Duke has given the carriage manufacturer Paul Axthelm-Weimar permission to accept and use the title “Fürstlich Schwarzburg-Rudolstädtischer” purveyor to the court awarded to him by the Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. Paul Axthelm started also with carriages, then moved to automobile bodies.
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