Innovation and tradition
The origins of B.H. Mayer’s IdentitySign go back to B.H. Mayer’s Decorative Embossing Institute, which manufactured medals, coins, military decorations, badges and jewellery at the site in Pforzheim. The Decorative Embossing Institute was founded in 1871 as an embossing works in Pforzheim by the entrepreneur, B.H. Mayer (1843–1911), and was in family ownership until 1998. In 1993, B.H. Mayer’s IdentitySign GmbH was established as a subsidiary of the limited partnership [KG].
B.H. Mayer's and the town of Pforzheim were both witnesses to a thoroughly exciting moment in the history of the motor car. In 1888, Bertha Benz made Pforzheim her destination on the first overland journey undertaken in a powered vehicle. Back then, the native Pforzheimer and wife of engineer Carl Benz drove in the first powered vehicle from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back again. Then in 1898, the founder of our company, Bernhard Heinrich Mayer, signalled the start of motorised personal transportation when he became the first person in Pforzheim to acquire his own automobile, the Benz Patent Motorcar Victoria »Vis-à-Vis«.
1871: Bernhard Heinrich Mayer establishes B.H. Mayer's as a company | 1899: The Grand Duke Friedrich of Baden visits the company in Pforzheim | 1911: Appointed purveyor of decorative embossed goods to the court of the Grand Duke of Baden | 1936: The first medals to be embossed are the gold medals for the 1936 Olympic Games (XI Olympiad) in Berlin | 1945: Company buildings are destroyed in the aerial bombardment of Pforzheim | 1991: Coin embossing is incorporated into the production programme | 1993: B.H. Mayer’s IdentitySign GmbH is established as a subsidiary of the Decorative Embossing Institute | 1996: The company celebrates its 125th anniversary | 1998/99: The Decorative Embossing Institute is taken over by Münz-Prägstatt in Munich | 1999: B.H. Mayer’s IdentitySign relocates to the current premises in Steubenstraße | 2010/11: Innovative new products and services make B.H. Mayer's the market leader
At numerous events, victorious athletes are awarded medals and badges by B.H. Mayer's. For example, we embossed the gold medals for the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin and in 1975 produced a bronze lapel badge based on designs by Professor Herbert Zeitner for the Gymnaestrada in Berlin.