01.07.1856 The son of the master rifle manufacturer Johann Heinrich Gottlieb Anschütz, Julius Gottfried Anschütz founded the company J.G. ANSCHÜTZ for the production of Flobert and pocket pistols, teschings, shotguns and Lancaster terzeroles in Zella-Mehlis, Thüringen, Germany.
The first trademark of the newly-founded company was round in character. This was probably only because Julius Gottfried Anschütz strongly stylised the "G" of his second Christian name, almost making a "C" out of it, and then interweaved it with his other two initials "J", a stylised "I", and an oversized "A".
This signet soon led to the Germania weapons factory in Zella-Mehlis mostly being referred to concisely as "IGA". And Dieter Anschütz often relates that his schoolmates and childhood friends in Zella-Mehlis often just called out "IG" to him. The selection of a circular company logo also probably had a practical background. Because every firearm needs to have a manufacturer's stamp, this clear and distinct shape lends itself to being effectively applied even to the smallest of stamping punches.
You can still clearly see this punch mark on many old firearms even today. The illustration shows what is probably the oldest model. In 1836 Lefaucheux developed the firing pin cartridge. The firearm had a very old bolt model (T bolt). The production of this pistol would possibly have been from 1870/80 and it was continued right up to the First World War.