23 | 04 | 2019

One of the most famous families among the toymakers in Seiffen are the Flaths. Karl August Flath (1821-1888) was the village's last miner, whose birth certificate and an old mining license for the family-owned Fortuna mine can still be inspected. His daughter-in-law Marie Flath (1862-1923) counts among the first manufacturers of Seiffen-style miniature carriages. She began manufacturing in 1905 with 16 different horse and carriage designs. Arthur Flath (1887-1961) took over his mother's business in 1919. When talking about the Seiffen-style miniature carriages, the he alone deserves the credit for having developed these vehicles to sheer perfection with with utmost care. In 1924 alone, nearly 24,000 of those lovable little carriages were sold all over the world. When motorization set in Arthur Flath took up production of miniature cars as well. Guenter Flath (born in 1932) took over his father's business in 1957 and continued the production of miniature carriages. His son Volker has been the owner of the firm since 1995. After 1965, the number of designs has been gradually extended, with pyramids and Christmas decoration being added to the product range. The latest addition has been a series of musical boxes with a 28-tone Swiss musical mechanism.

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The tradition of the Flath family

Guenter Flath - Master craftsman of toy manufacturing

1932 ............ Year of birth
1947-1950 .... Studied at the state-owned Seiffen Toy School
1953 ............ Examination for the Masters Craftsman's Certificate in toy manufacturing
1957 ............ Took over his father's business
1986 ............ Changed the firm's ownership to Guenter Flath and Son after the son
.....................joined the firm

Volker Flath - Master wood turner specializing in wooden rings

1956 ............ Year of birth
1972-1974 .... Apprenticeship as wood turner in the Seiffen-based "PGH Seiffener                      Volkskunst", a craftsman's cooperative
1978 ............ Examination for the Master Craftsman's Certificate specializing in turning                      wooden rings
1986 ............ Co-proprietor of the firm Guenter Flath and Son
1987 ............ Recognized Art Craftsman
1995 ............ Changed the firm's ownership to Volker Flath as a sole owner
2008 ............ Changed the firm's ownership to Volker and Heiko Flath after the son
.....................joined the firn

Heiko Flath - Master craftsman of toy manufacturing

1982 ............ Year of birth
1999-2002 .... Apprenticeship as craftsman of toy manufacturing in our factory and the                      Seiffen Toy Scool
2005 ............ Examination for the book-keeping by double entry and balance and also for                      the qualification to teach in his profession
2007 ............ Examination for the Masters Craftsman's Certificate in toy manufacturing
2008 ............ Co-proprietor of the firm Volker and Heiko Flath

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