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    The (not so) everyday cutlery

      The (not so) everyday cutlery If you were to name the cutlery items you use every day, it would most likely be the most basic ones – a spoon, a knife, a fork and a little spoon for tea or coffee. And not surprisingly, as these four elements of flatware fully cover all our everyday needs, from breakfast, through lunch and teatime to dinner. But when it comes to the oldest Polish manufacturer of silver and silver-plated cutlery, who prides itself on having the widest possible range of cutlery items on offer, each one dedicated to various kinds of dishes plus specialised serving cutlery for virtually every kind of…

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    HE + FRA = HEFRA

    From Fierce Competitors to a Very Successful Merger, or a Brief History of the Polish brand HEFRA   Business has something in common with chemistry – we can never predict exactly what the final result of mixing different ingredients will be. For example, a merger between two fierce competitors may end in a complete disaster just as likely as… work like a dream. The latter has been the case for Warszawska Fabryka Platerów HEFRA S.A., the Polish manufacturer of deluxe flatware and tableware, which is the effect of merging two former arch rivals who, having suffered heavy losses during World War II, joined forces to create a completely new value.…

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    Polish silverware

    Polish silverware traditions throughout the ages In Poland, silverware has traditionally been considered a symbol of high social status. At first only affordable to the wealthy aristocracy, it later became increasingly popular in the wider circles of Polish nobility. Like precious pieces of jewellery, heirloom silver tableware, usually bearing the family initials, was passed down from generation to generation, often as a birthday or wedding gift as well as part of the inheritance. Of course, the family collections were also regularly expanded with the arrival of new members of the family, whether by birth or marriage, so the growing collection was also a sign of the family’s growing prosperity and…