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Chris Kirkman

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posted 05-20-2003 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Kirkman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know what company produced pieces stamped with the following marks:

HOLLAND (v in a circle?) GERO 90 GZ

Thanks for any information anyone can share!

Chris

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Stephen

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posted 05-20-2003 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the piece, holloware or flatware?

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Arg(um)entum

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posted 05-21-2003 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Arg(um)entum     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
N.V. Gero since 1986 a division of Van Kempen & Begeer.

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Stephen

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posted 05-21-2003 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gerofabriek NV
Zeist, Holland
  • 1909 -- founded as M. J. Gerritsen & Co.
  • 1912 -- known as the "first Dutch factory of new silverware, formerly M.J. Gerritsen & Co."
  • 1925 -- although the name Gerofabriek had been used for some time, it became the official name of the company. NV is an acromym for Naamloze Vennootschap, a legal entity similar to our corporation.
  • 1986 -- Gerofabriek became part of Van Kempen & Begeer of Zoetermeer, Holland.
  • 2003 -- still in business.

Marks on your flatware:
  • Gero -- Gerofabriek brand name.
  • 90 -- a quality mark indicating that 90 grams of silver has been used to plate 12 spoons and 12 forks.
  • GZ -- an acronym for Gero-zilver, found on Gerofabriek's silverplated wares with a nickel silver base metal. First used in 1917. After WWII, Gero-zilver was replaced by Gero-zilvium and a quality mark of 100 instead of 90.
  • Circle V -- this is only a guess, but it could be a mark indicating that the design was the 1920's work of factory commissioned designer C. J. (Chris) van der Hoef (b1875 - d1933).

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Stephen

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posted 05-21-2003 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ooops. Here's the CJvdH mark. Doesn't look like a "circle V".

Who could "circle V" be?

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Chris Kirkman

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posted 05-28-2003 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Kirkman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks folks! I appreciate your help on this!

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