French silversmiths. The manufacture Ercuis founded in the 19th century makes beside the traditional cutleries with French air extremely winning and elegant jewels in combinations with exotic woods and semiprecious stones.
is founded by the priest Adrien Céleste Pillon in a small village to the north of Paris. In the beginnings the company beside cutlery produced mainly silver objects for the church use. Already at the end of the 19th century the brand opened a shop in Paris and adapted also the products to the Paris taste: the main focus moved to cutleries and hollow product for the prospering city. The luxury brand equipped the top hotels in the French Riviera and also delivered later for the oversea steamer Normandy the equipment for the tourist class. This steamboat of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique was not only famous for his speed - the boat gained the cordon bleu on his maiden voyage - but primarily for his luxurious equipment in Art Deco style.
and hotels in top categories followed, until the brand is honored in 1978 by the calling in the Comité Colbert, the circle of the French luxury brands. The company took over in 1986 the Orfèvrerie Ravinet d'Enfert and coutelier Peter, and could so introduce other competence in the company. Ravinet d'Enfert is well known for his exquisit crafted silver hollowware, coutellerie Peter is characterized by combining from semiprecious stones and fine woods with his cutlery. We find a hint to these technologies nowadays in the cutlery L'Insolent from 2005 which subtly connects the materials silver and precious stone with each other. In the same year the luxury brand from Paris with has moved his boutique in the famous Rue Royal in Paris.
in the world are equipped with Ercuis cutleries and hollowware. And not least in cooperation with known architects and star-decorated chefs over and over again new sensations are originated, which in many hours in the hands of the experienced masters become masterpieces of the French elegance.
Silvered objects do not differ optically from massively silver ones. The silver plating is a galvanised surface which is applied on a core from base material like steel, alpaca (German silver) or bronze. Steel is used especially for cutlery from great serial productions which can be produced cost-efficient. We find bronze particularly with candelabras and hollowware, while German silver with high-quality silver plated cutlery. Alpaca is an alloy of copper (Cu), nickel (Ni) and zinc (Zn) and with his qualities similar to pure silver (Ag). Luxurious decors can be exact executed with this base material. The surface is galvanised with silver which quality is given in gramme per 12 table forks and table spoons - which are accepted with 24 dm². Then there occur names as 90, 100, 150, 180, with or without other additions. This designation mainly is use in Germany, objects of other origin have another - or none - name of the silver layer.
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