Gero Zilmeta Stainless Steel Spoons
These are the spoons that started it all. When I saw the dessert spoon (middle) with its sleek modern curves, I realised that good design could elevate even the most mundane of objects into something a little bit special. A quick dig through the piles of cutlery revealed a total of 3 soup spoons, 2 dessert spoons and 1 teaspoon, checking out at a total of .50 cents. Who knows if I will be able to find the rest?
Gero is a Dutch company (website here, I recommend using Google Translator to view it in English) that has been producing cutlery since 1912. Zilmeta is an alloy of steel, chrome and nickel which is either the same, or very similar to, what we call stainless steel.
This mis-translated history of the knife, fork, and spoon through the ages is particularly charming : http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://shop.gero.nl/static.asp%3Fmyid%3D55&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhiiDuavvSi-cBnCoypZIZwR-AyUvg .
I haven’t been able to find out much about this particular pattern so far, but the teaspoon looks a little like this one, which they call ZIL11, and is also listed on Replacements.com under that code here.