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    Posted 10 years ago

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    I bought these three forks for under a dollar. I think they are silver plated. I could not find any more information about them. I would love to know more. All comments are appreciated. Thanks!

    They are all marked:

    "ERJO" 90

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    1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 10 years ago
      Hi, if these are approx. 6-7" long, they are probably cake forks, but I can't be sure. It depends on the line. Here's a handy link to consult when you're trying to judge what function a piece of flatware serves:

      Replacements can't identify the silver maker, and an Erjo marked piece is there tagged "UNKNOWN MFG CO. ERJO".

      I did a quick look for the mark in Rainwater and on and didn't find Erjo there, either. However, 925-1000 has a fine piece that explains the 90 mark. It refers to the amount of silver used in the plating process - 90 grams of fine silver, and indicated the highest standard for German silver-plated wares. Here's that explanation.

      Nice find! Now all you need is a cake and two friends to share it with. Take care! miKKo
    2. chinablue chinablue, 10 years ago
      The only thing I could find about the mark "ERJO" was that it was a trademark for E. R. Joseph Company in the 1950's related to lighters, flux and welding/metalwork equipment. I have no idea if there is any connection but thought I'd let you know what I found. Best of luck in your search!
    3. BHock45 BHock45, 10 years ago
      Thanks mikkochristmas and chinablue. The funny thing is when I googele "Erjo fork 90" and click on images i get this:,r:0,s:0,i:73&tx=24&ty=58&biw=1422&bih=1010
      Basically the exact same picture of my fork on a website titled Silver Flatware of the Third Reich. Maybe someone who knows about this time period can identify what the word "erjo" means/meant? the website is:
    4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 10 years ago
      Hi, BHock45! Yes, I ended up at that website, too. Then, on that website, I searched for "Ergo" with no results. I wonder if they previously had an Ergo piece, or if one of their links had or has one, or if the search engine was just responding to the "90". Don't know.
    5. BHock45 BHock45, 10 years ago
      I actually emailed the guy from the site to see if he has any info. or can explain why we landed on his site! Hope he responds!
    6. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 10 years ago
      Super!!! I'm have to dash off very shortly now, but I'll be back later. : D
    7. Jezzer, 9 years ago
      Well, regardless of who on earth made them, they're lovely and hard-to-find continental pastry forks. At least, they're hard to find on this side of the Atlantic. The shape is still quite common on the other side; nearly every restaurant in Germany still serves cakes and pastries with these forks.
    8. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      Hey thanks jezzer! Yeah, I actually cleaned these up a bit, and they look really nice. Still cannot find any info on ERJO though. I think it may be the name of the pattern, as I have seen on some other auction sites. I do love them though. Take care!

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