Explain Markings on Sival Flatware?

Explain Markings on Sival Flatware?

Regina Yunghans
Dec 13, 2011

Q: I've been on a bit of Danish kick lately (who isn't?), and recently bought a huge set of vintage Sival flatware. All of the pieces are marked "Sival Stal Denmark," except the table and butter knives. Some of the butter knives are marked "Sival Stal Denmark," like the rest of the set, but some are marked "Sival Stainless Steel Denmark IHQ." The "IHQ" matches a mark on a set of Dansk flatware I saw online that was designed by Jens Quistgaard.

The table knives are marked with a crown and "Raadvad Sival Steel Denmark" and some are marked "Dansk Knivfabrik Denmark." They have the same handles, but the Dansk blades are slightly rounder and shorter (not really noticable to the naked eye). I'm not sure what to think. It doesn't strike me as a mixed set, but maybe it is? I don't know anything about Sival, but I'm wondering if there's a connection between Sival and Dansk and possibly Jens Quistgaard. Maybe someone out there knows.

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