The origins of the Austrian glass company based in Kufstein (Tyrol) lie in the Iser Mountains (northern Bohemia), where the industrialist Josef Riedel (1816-1894) owned numerous glassworks and was known as the "Glass King of the Iser Mountains". His son Josef Anton Riedel (1862-1924) and grandson Walter Riedel (1895-1974) continued to expand the company. The family was expropriated in 1945/1946 during the expulsion of the Germans from Czechoslovakia. In 1954, with financial help from the Swarovsk family (manufacture of cut gemstones), Claus Josef Riedel (1925-2004) was given the chance to take over the Tyrolean glassworks from bankruptcy. His father Walter returned from captivity a year later. In 1956, glass production was started in Kufstein under the name Riedel-Glas.
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