by Topázio are primarily unmistakeable individual unique pieces. But: even if you don't own a mansion on the Iberian peninsula, these cutleries are real eye-cachers in a modern ambiance as well.
available from Topázio and only in sterling silver. Many of the forks of these cutleries - as for example with Lisboa or Caninhas (on an in Portuguese already synonym for cutlery) - have an inserted front part which is worked into a hollow handle. The table spoon of some models are completely different shaped , with a flat handle, although they belong to this pattern. These table spoons are often even shorter than the forks. This is a typical Portuguese design which points to the history of the origin of flatware. Since there are sets, as we know this today, only since the 19th century.
dimension of the cutleries which nevertheless suggest a luxuriant flair, however, with no over sized dimensions. The information of the lengths of the individual parts are to be find with us. For lovers of baroque dinner parties this cutlery is a serendipity .
Silver is the first metal of which cutleries were made of and the material has the reputation to possess bactericidal qualities. A sterling cutlery of massive silver is even after decades an object of great value. Depending on the execution real silver objects are not made out of pure silver, but material silver (Ag) are mixed with copper (Cu). The proportionate mass of this alloy is specified in thousandth. So the 800th silver contains 80% of silver and 20% of copper, the 925th silver – also called sterling silver – 7.5% of copper and so on. Therefore, the color of the silver also differs slightly, depending to the percentage of copper in the alloy. Mainly for optical reasons massive silver is galvanized often with a layer of pure silver. Silver is marked with the punch which refers to the punch law of the country of origin. In Germany the imperial crown and the half moon has to be beside the brand of the manufacturer together with the thousandth number as a token for the real silver. In France, however, the head of Minerva in an octagon beside the punch of the manufacture is the juridically correct sign.
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