While the Italian brand Sambonet may not be an American household name, it is one of the classic international marks in hotel and restaurant fine dining where you will find Sambonet flatware, holloware, and cookware. Its products are defined by top-quality materials, unsurpassed beauty, innovation, and attention to detail. Prestigious hotel chain customers of Sambonet include today Four Seasons, One & One, Mandarin Oriental, Penisula, Shangri La, Hyatt, Hilton, Intercontinental, Starwood, and Le Meridien.
Brief Company History
The company began in the year 1856 in northern Italy when Giuseppe Sambonet received his letters patent as master goldsmith. During the pursuing years, Sambonet became the Official Purveyor to many noble families, including the Duchess of Genoa and the Count of Turin. In the year 1932, Sambonet became the first factory in Italy to produce tableware in both sterling silver and silverplate. In 1938, the company developed an innovative process for the production of stainless steel flatware and shortly thereafter developed a process to silverplate stainless steel. Sambonet entered the international market in the year 1956 when it was chosen from 53 competitors to supply the Cairo Hilton Hotel with a holloware line that is still in the Sambonet collection today. In the1960′s, Sambonet began collaborating with leading designers to create new collections of flatware, of which three patterns are exhibited in the MoMA of New York. In 1994, the Sambonet “Hannah” flatware collection, designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, won the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award. Sambonet continues today as an Italian manufacturer with worldwide distribution. Since 1988, Sambonet USA was founded to develop the American domestic market. Today, household consumers also may purchase the same beautiful Sambonet flatware, holloware, and cookware as hotels and restaurants from select specialty retail stores and catalogs.
Sambonet Material Design
Sambonet uses three types of material designs in the production of all its products: silverplated nickel-silver (EPNS); silverplated 18/10 stainless steel; and all 18/10 stainless steel.
When silverplated products are produced, Sambonet uses its own unique and exclusive silverplating process (HSSP) to electroplate 999.5 per mille pure silver to the base metal (the nickel-silver or stainless steel). This creates a layer of silver that is up to two times harder and four times more resistant to tarnishing than traditional silverplating. Each piece is then hand polished to a bright mirror finish. Hotels and restaurants will machine wash Sambonet silverplated flatware where they use specialized de-mineralized water rinsing equipment. For home use, Sambonet recommends hand washing and drying to avoid water spots on the polished mirror surface.
EPNS products have nickel-silver, also known as German silver or alpaca, as its base metal. Nickel-silver is an ideal alternative to sterling silver (expensive) with similar qualities of strength, workability, and color. EPNS products also have the heft of sterling silver, and you will notice a distinct difference between a stainless steel and EPNS flatware piece of the same pattern.
Stainless steel products, which also may be silverplated, use 18/10 stainless steel, which denotes 18% chromium content and 10% nickel content in the steel alloy to make is highly corrosion resistant. All stainless steel flatware, holloware, and cookware is dishwasher safe in the home.
In closing, when you choose Sambonet for home use, you have the reassurance that it is truly a commercial-quality product that is accepted and embraced by fine-dining hotels and restaurants from around the world. In this day of sourcing offshore, it is also special to own and use a product with such an old-world pedigree.
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