by Christofle, arrived at through contracting the words "spatula" and "contours". The word spatula (of latin origin), describes a broadbladed, knife-like implement. French definitions liken it to a "petite pelle" - small server. The spatula shape is easily recognized in the extremities of the flatware. The word "contours" means outlines; in the case of this pattern, sinuous curved outlines. The style is quite classical of which there are many variations to be found from the XVIII century. The contour, being most elegant and perfectly adapted to the hand, has often been used by Christofle, especially for patterns from the XIX century. It has come to constitute one of the characteristics from which we achieve what is known as the "Christofle style". The Spatours pattern is, however, not representative of the Louis XV style as it is quite bare in appearance. The Louis XV style is usually more charged with design. For Spatours, the sobriety of the pattern is its strength, permitting it to fit harmoniously to tables dressed with pieces of different styles and eras. Therefore it is no surprise that it is often selected when a difficult choice is to be made. The spatula is ornamented by a double line which continues along the elongated stalk, ending in a bud borrowing the same design as that of the spatula. This marks the beginning of both the bowl (spoon) and the four-tined fork.
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metal with a silver plating in France. The silver is applied with a galvanic bath and is indicated in Germany usually in gramme for 12 forks and spoons, assumed with 24dm². In other countries such information predominantly is renounced. The surface is free of nickel.
with a hollow handle. Knives with a hollow handle have a blade of special steel which is clearly sharper than a blade from an simple chrome steel. The high-quality hollow handle knives are always composed from two parts, with this cutlery from the blade and the handle from silverplated. Christofle Spatours in silverplated is highly polished. The classical cutlery meets all the wishes with the extent of his additional parts: from soup ladle to mocha spoon, from bouillon cream spoon to vegetable serving spoon .
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