Now I know what you’re thinking, I really do. Was the inception of Robbe And Berking cutlery sets the reason behind the phrase “Born with a silver spoon in your mouth” to denote having been brought up with the airs and graces of Royalty? Well that may well just be the case, as these most expensive sterling silver cutlery sets are about to show.
As most of you know already, my love in of the rich and famous and the ability to acquire the most discerning of anything built and well designed came from when I worked at Harrods. From fine chocolates to silk ties and the most expensive wines, I am not shocked that people and indeed households invest such amounts of money in some of the most expensive Robbe & Berking sterling silver cutlery sets that they care to offer.
We live in age where decadence and longevity of product is often determined by how cheap something is. In ages past, individuals and families saved money for goods that were well built and would last decades if not centuries. But in today’s mass production world most people now end up with throw away metal cutlery that bends under heat and wouldn’t last five months let alone five hundred years.
While you may need money and lots of it, to afford to Royally dress your dinner table with these fine Robbe And Berking cutlery sets you will at long last have some family silver to talk of. These are precious metal investments that can either be used for special occasions or for daily dining. Depending on your lifestyle choice of course.
For instance, I myself would only use these when the Duchess of Cambridge came around for tea and even then I would only offer one piece of my finest Stoke On Trent ceramic tea set and allow the use of a single Robbe and Berking spoon. And even that would be quite an achievement to succeed at.
As I would need to rifle through the 124-Piece Alta Sterling Silver Cutlery Set – for example, and choose the correct spoon from Mocha spoon, Coffee spoon, Gourmet spoon, Cream spoon, Children’s spoon, Salad serving spoon, tea spoon or sugar spoon to save myself from embarrassment. Believe me, some sterling silver cutlery is difficult to distinguish between when not used to laying a full table of fine dining implements.
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Who are Robbe & Berking silversmiths? I hear you ask. This is a German family business that has been in operation since 1874. Believe it or not, the processes, design and manufacturing of these handmade items hasn’t changed much in over a century. Started by Nicolaus Christoph Robbe in Flensburg, his daughter ended up marrying another Silversmith by the name of Robert Berking. A talented chap who grew the company and earned his 50% share. Hence Robbe And Berking cutlery. Today, the finest yachts, boutique hotels and Michelin star restaurants are gauged by their use of Robbe And Berking cutlery sets.
About Sterling Silver Cutlery Sets: Unless another alloy comes on to the market it is near impossible to have 100% silver cutlery, this is otherwise known as a silver bullion bar and hard to form into a fork or spoon alone – especially one that will be light enough and small enough to fit in your mouth.
All Robbe & Berking sterling silver cutlery sets are made up of 925/1000 parts pure silver. The remainder is a mix of other metals such as copper to make the formation malleable. Therefore the true value of these splendid collections is in the design element, historic stature of the company and of course the monetary worth of 92.5% silver once melted down. Not that you’d wish too of course but the intrinsic value of the precious metal remains over time.
About Massive Silver Plated Cutlery Sets: Most silverware merchants offer three varieties of each design and therefore three price points. The greatest of which is sterling silver due to the 925 silver content. The lesser is stainless steel. The medium price point is a cross between the two. Using a nickel base which tends to be made from 60% copper, 30% zinc and 10% nickel – this may differ between manufacturers – the silver is overlaid across the utensil’s surface.
The Robbe And Berking massive silver plated cutlery sets listed utilise 150g of silver for each utensil and is measured in a thickness of microns. Robbe & Berking silver plated cutlery sets are coated with up to 60 micron silver, though the average silver plating can be 20 to 35 microns. Check each set for content and dimensions.
The micron becomes important when determining value. While it is much more difficult to melt down silver plated cutlery and separate the precious metal from the lesser worth alloys, the higher micron may make it more worthwhile to do so. You know, just in case you have to sell the stately home that’s been in the family for centuries…
About Stainless Steel Cutlery Sets: While any large piece cutlery set for your dining room table won’t come cheap, Robbe & Berking stainless steel cutlery sets are far less expensive than those made from 925 silver. You’ll find a lot of the designs are carried through from sterling silver cutlery sets to the silver plated but not to stainless steel. Seemingly Robbe and Berking prefer to differentiate.
Once aspect you may wish to drill down on and find yourself questioning, is the difference between 18/10 and 18/8 stainless steel and which is better. To be as succinct as possible, you can find some cutlery which is 18/0 and this is one of the lower grades. Stainless steel is iron that has been run through an oxygen surface and has had a certain amount of chrome and nickel added.
In the case of Robbe And Berking stainless steel, that would be 18% chrome and 8% nickel. The higher the nickel content, the less corrosive and more long lasting Hence an often 25 year or more guarantee on such products. So yes, again it’s top quality stuff! Let’s take a look at several of the most expensive cutlery sets that you can buy in 2015. It’s mouth watering! By the way, these small images do not do the cutlery justice. Visit the retailer website for more detailed imaging.
Alta Sterling Silver Cutlery Set 124 Piece
Price: £18,784.01* Read more about Alta
The Robbe And Berking Alta 124 Piece Sterling Silver Cutlery Set was designed by Wilfried Moll and launched in 1983. Such was the breathtaking allure of the design that this outstanding work of art has featured pride and place in two world renowned art museums. The London Victoria and Albert Museum and New York Museum of Modern Art. Now if you can imagine the price people pay for works of art to be installed in living rooms, imagine the fervour of guests eating with knives and forks worth £151.48 each.
Included in the Robbe And Berking Alta 124 piece cutlery set is 12 each of the following; Dinner Knife, Dinner Fork, Dinner Spoon, Dessert Knife, Dessert Fork, Dessert Spoon, Fish Knife, Fish Fork, Tea Spoon, Coffee Spoon & 4 Serving spoons. All in shining 925 silver. With Alta it’s the appearance of simplicity, with carefully caressed curved edging and smooth basins that capture and reflect all the light to reveal deep basins.
Robbe & Berking Martele Sterling Silver Cutley
Price: £17,982.00* Read more about Martele
Son of Theodor Berking and named after his Grand Father Robert Berking, this design was implemented for the 125th anniversary of the company. This marvellous Robbe And Berking Sterling Silver cutlery set in a Martele style has its own unique story and offers 124 pieces for a party of twelve. Why Martele and why at the turn of the century?
This is a German brand, a luxury cutlery brand that is a leader in Europe, if not the world. You can only be the greatest if you borrow from the greatest and Martele was the finest delivery of Silverware and Hollowware that existed at the time this company truly began to grow. Martele in French means to hammer and that is the exact effect you will see displayed below.
There are some original Martele items from the 1900’s that fetch upwards of half a million pounds. Mainly because to hammer, as the song goes, in the morning and in the night, takes a considerably lengthy time to achieve. Hundreds of man hours and great expense and this costing was passed on to the customer. While the original 1900’s Martele silverware would utilise 950/1000 silver, these Most Expensive cutlery sets from the Robbe & Berking Sterling Silver collection still use 925.
In their own words “The finely-modulating hammer finish permits softly-swung facets to be generated, which reflect light hundred-fold and thus provide this cutlery with an almost unreal lightness and vibrancy.” It’s not just a pattern, it’s not just sterling silver, it is a nod to a generation past and a century this company was born in. 125 years celebrated and designed by the Great Grandson of the company’s founder.
The sterling silver Martele cutlery set includes 12 of each of the following; Dinner Knife, Dinner Fork, Dinner Spoon, Dessert Knife, Dessert Fork, Dessert Spoon, Fish Knife, Fish Fork, Tea Spoon, Coffee Spoon & 4 Serving Spoons.
Art Deco Sterling Silver Cutlery Set
Price: £17,840.00* Read more about Art Deco
In at number three in the Most Expensive Robbe And Berking Cutlery sets comes this Art Deco 124 Piece Sterling Silver Set which is a revolution in 1930’s design. Not a hark back to but an actual design made and manufactured in 1929 by Theodor Berking. The son of Robert Berking and Henriette Berking nee Robbe and grandson of the founder, Nicolaus Christoph Robbe.
The very fact a style of sterling silver cutlery can last some ninety years after it was first incepted, is testament to the historic family business which remains in business today. That as well as the fact Robbe And Berking silverware is not just for today or the next generation but several hundred years into the future.
The raised edging of this sterling silver cutlery states prominence and truly delivers the panelling and lined effects of the 1930’s evocative style that was the bastion of American and European society. There are 12 of each of the following in this Art Deco Robbe & Berking Cutlery Set. Dinner Knife, Dinner Fork, Dinner Spoon, Dessert Knife, Dessert Fork, Dessert Spoon, Fish Knife, Fish Fork, Tea Spoon, Coffee Spoon & 4 Serving Spoons.
Riva Cutlery Set In Sterling Silver 84 Piece
Price: £16,080.00* Read more about Riva
This Robbe And Berking Sterling Silver Riva Cutlery Set was ahead of its time in many ways. A real first in cutlery styling and designed by Wilfried Moll in 1999. Almost a full decade before the company started manufacturing luxury wooden yachts for discerning buyers. Though in all probability a tip of the hat to the fact that a great many cruise ships and luxury yacht owners chose this company as the mainstay for on board fine dining.
Included in this silver sterling cutlery set is 8 each of the following; Dinner Knife, Dinner Fork, Dinner Spoon, Dessert Knife, Dessert Fork, Dessert Spoon, Fish Knife, Fish Fork, Tea Spoon, Coffee Spoon & 4 Serving Spoons. Just look at the detail, as sleek and stylish as any ship’s bow with spoons and knife that speak volumes of the great many ocean based clientèle that this company has served so well over the centuries.
The above Riva cutlery set is also available in a cheaper but still fifth in the Most Expensive Sterling Silver Cutlery Sets and a 124 piece Riva Robbe And Berking Massive Silver Cutlery Set.
Price: £11,226.00* Read more about Riva
12 of each Dinner Knife, Dinner Fork, Dinner Spoon, Dessert Knife, Dessert Fork, Dessert Spoon, Fish Knife, Fish Fork, Tea Spoon, Coffee Spoon & 4 Serving Spoons. Each coated in 150 grams of silver and a higher than average micron thickness.
60 Piece Robbe And Berking Sphinx Sterling Silver Set
Price: £9,324.00* Read more about Sphinx
Have you ever sat down in a room full of intellectuals and felt a little out of place? Well as an average bod writing about excellence in design and manufacturing, it’s not the people that would amaze and make me nervous but this cutlery. Why? Well… can you get an handle on it?
Let me advise of you one solitary note, the Sphinx Robbe And Berking Cutlery Set in Sterling Silver is based on Bauhaus principles. A vision incepted within Weimar (the then German capital city) in 1919 that evidentially had no basis in architecture but would then go on to storm the world of art and design with its founding principles.That’s why Hitler was nervous – he didn’t understand the bunch of hippies either!
Confused? Well you should be as using this cutlery may well leave you feeling the same way. It’s all about the aesthetics. If that’s all a bit Greek then that’s because it is. Philosophy in art. The throwing away of the old yet imitating it, falling in love with the new and a complete approach that focuses on the beauty of design and literally nothing else but everything else. Did I misunderstand?
Form and function goes out the window and comes back replicating life as we see and use it as this and other items. In effect it was seeing a commonly used function and reforming it without losing your message. Art in its basic of forms. That’s why this 50 Piece Sphinx cutlery set by Robbe And Berking, designed yet again by Wilfried Moll is £10,000.
It includes some fantastic arched handles across 8 of each of the following; Dinner Knife, Dinner Fork, Dinner Spoon, Dessert Knife, Dessert Fork, Dessert Spoon, Tea Spoon & 4 Serving Spoons. Form and function, form follows function, really? I love this sphinx, it’s my favourite, if you want silverware that lays flat on the table like all the rest, spend £9000 more on the Alta cutlery set! The world is upside down.
44 Piece Como Stainless Steel Cutlery Set
Price: £1,165.01* Read more about Como
Designed by Robert Berking in 1985 the Robbe And Berking Stainless Steel Cutlery Set is called Como and comprises of44 Pieces. 6 of each; Dinner Knife, Dinner Fork, Dinner Spoon, Dessert Knife, Dessert Fork, Dessert Spoon, Tea Spoon & 2 Serving Spoons.
While this is quite rightly a list of the most expensive cutlery sets made from sterling silver, we thought we would throw in a stainless steel cutlery set to not only show that the styles can be replicated. But to highlight the true cost between what is 92.5% pure silver against the much cheaper stainless steel. And it shows that design can be just as exemplary without the heightened price tag.
Clearly the Como cutlery set is made to fit within your hand. Just by looking at its design, the shapely weighted ends, against the narrowness of middle where you place your finger tips. The curvature of both the bowl of the spoons and the handle bounce the light in a completely different manner offering an aesthetic feel that is quite the standard amongst Robbe & Berking Cutlery Sets.
If you go on to purchase any of the above most expensive cutlery sets from the Robbe & Berking Sterling Silver collection then more power to your bank account. With or without Robbe & Berking voucher codes, not only will you be investing in your future family’s fortunes but entertaining guests now and two hundred years in the future will never be the same again. As conversational pieces go, they are truly a mouth full of culinary delight.
You see, this isn’t just the epitome of fine dining. Robbe & Berking sterling silver cutlery sets are the first and final process in what is an adventure in gourmet education. Whether you have a Michelin star chef in your kitchen or your own staff or family serving up at Christmas, the cutlery sets from Robbe & Berking Silverware could well be in your family for centuries. Check for the latest David Shuttle discount codes to see if you can save on the fantastic silverware range. Or as they term it in the US, sterling silver flatware.
*Price at the time of writing.