day. Wilkens cutleries in 180g Royal silver plated demonstrates the whole style spectrum of the Bremen silver manufacture Wilkens & Sons.
Schwedisch Faden, Chippendale, Straßburger Empire or Alt Englisch is also made in 180g of Royal silver just as the avant-garde designs of Epoca or Palladio. Long before the technical bases for the industrial production of flatwares were developed, the silver manufacture has been founded in 1810 as an embossing company for silver and already owned a reputation as a manufacture for tableware behind the borders of the Hanseatic town Bremen. But soon followed the production of knives and forks to satisfy the customer demands of the that time.
again one design of this first century: the pattern Venezia poliert or matt is made on the historical tools and gives an impression of this era of the company history. Also from the turn of the century - of the last century - Wilkens & Sons offers one flatware also in 180g of Royal silver plated, the pattern Tulipan, designed by Heinrich Vogeler. Today this tableware belongs to the emblematic pattern of the Bremen manufacture and is a prominent example of the floral Jugendstil, preferentially in 925th sterling silver. Of course we find beside these outstanding cutleries a whole series of other classical designs which must be included in a high-quality cutlery range: Augsburger Faden or Spaten, Perlstab Louis or Schwedisch Faden. All these flatwares are worked out as carefully like the cutlery models in sterling silver 925 and enjoy thanks to her excellent haptics - by handy dimensions and a slender Silhouette - great popularity. Not least we would like to bring out the patterns of the avant-garde collection. Made with the same care like the other silver plated models, Palladio poliert or matt by Ulla and Martin Kaufmann from 1992 and the design Epoca poliert from Wolf Karnagel from the year 1986 became landmarks of the modern dining culture. And in the past the silver manufacture Wilkens & Sons from Bremen again and again has managed to create silver cutleries which is one-of-a-kind.
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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