Founded in 1947 by Johann and Grete Breu in Gevelsberg. In 2005 the brand was sold and has been manufactured since in Rheinsberg near Berlin.
Silberdistel takes its name from a kind of silver thistle which grows in the Alps in Austria and Switzerland.
The factory remained a small studio pottery even during the rapid expansion of the ceramics industry in Germany during the 1950s and 1960s.
Light white clay was used. Items were never marked with W Germany or Germany and any markings usually comprise just the form number and size. On a small number of itmes and impressed Silberdistel stamp was added to the base.