Albin Kessler- Referances give active dates of 1913, 1930 as a gunmaker and 1939 as a gunsmith. Located in Suhl
Bernhard Kessler- (1875- 1952) minor gunmaker in Suhl. Competitor in the 15th Bunesschiessen in 1906.
Friedrich Wilhelm Kessler (F-W-K)- (July 26, 1845-Sept. 7, 1919) founded the firm F. W. Kessler- Gewehrfabrik in 1869. They produced a large range of sporting guns. Located at Kleine Bacstrasse 1 they produced a Henry-Martini rifle which was distinquishable by its one piece stock surrounding the action.
Friedrich W. Kessler was issued four German patents which were-
no. 13702 of May 19, 1881 for a Henry-Martini Single Shot Action (below)
no. 48337 of Feb. 14, 1889 for a lock mechanism with straight line sliding hammers or strikers (below)
No. 62231 of Aug. 8, 1891 for a lock mechanism with mainsprings mounted on side plates. (below)
no. 90528 of Feb. 11, 1896 for a Blitz or Trigger Plate lock mechanism with a hand grip safety (below)
The following pages from a F. W. Kessler catalog were kindly made available by Mark Baumgarten and Raimey Ellenberg. They show the side by side double rifle offered by Kessler.
Following are pictures of a side by side shotgun built on patent no. 62231. It does not have a makers name on it but it does have the name of the origional owner- Carl Grünig of Wiesbaden. It is also marked “DRP 62231” on the receiver water table.
In 1881 Friedrich W. Kessler exhibited in the Gewehre und Industrie Aunstellung where he received a Bronze medal.
Fritz A. Kessler- (1903-1939) a gun parts maker in Suhl in the mid to late 1930’s. Supposedly made shotgun receivers and actions, sights, springs, etc. for other makers, a sub contractor.
Gustav Kessler- a gunmaker in Zella-Mehlis in the mid to late 1920’s.
Kurt Kessler- a gun maker located at Windeweg 7 in Suhl in the mid to late 1930’s.
Otto Kessler- A master stock maker in Zella-Mehlis near Suhl in the mid and late 1930’s. His address was Anspelstrasse 18.