This beautiful German silver sink originated in the late 1800’s in Germany. Unfortunately, by mid 1930's, stamped-out stainless steel sinks took its place in the market. Not manufactured again until 1994 when a Suburban Detroit Kitchen & Bath Showroom owner resurrected the German Silver Sink. An original circa 1917 sink was found in a friends new home in his butlers pantry. By this time the metal had tarnished from years of neglect.
First on the agenda was taking the unusual looking metal to a metallurgist to make sure that the exact same material would be used. The metallurgist knew the metal at once and that it was widely used in the 19th and 20th centuries for jewelry, mirror frames and finials. It was known in Europe as Vermeil. Templates were then made of the original design by a craftsman contracted by Customcraft. They tried to refurbish this sink with its unusual design and realized the metal was so soft that once molded to its sub-structure, it could not be taken apart and re-soldered.
Ms. Donaldson ran the German Silver Sink division of the Showroom and enthusiastically became the owner herself in 1996. She took it nationally and to Canada. A rather substantial add campaign and numerous trade shows started to get the word out that this kitchen gem was again being produced as it had been over a hundred years ago. Before she associated her name with this reproduction, Ms. Donaldson envisioned her new company to be known for the highest quality of materials, for workmanship and for customer service, hence there are no corners cut and no expenses spared. Ms. Donaldson has found the clientele that appreciates this reproduction would have it no other way.
Since the 21st century was just around the corner some major changes needed to be made. Sinks of old did not of course have the same kind of modern conveniences as we do. As an example the introduction of a garbage disposal flange and mounting hardware can be used as a replacement for the original overflow pipe as used in old-fashioned plumbing. The old sinks did not have much of a pitch for water drainage. This is no longer a concern in the basins or on the back sill. Replacing the solder containing lead that had been used was very important. Many solders were tested and rejected. A very strong pure silver solder is now used. Each standard size sink uses about a pound of this solder. Crating is also meticulously constructed for each sinks individual dimensions. Also important was obtaining the Trademark of the “S” curve design. It took almost three years but was accomplished in September 1999. This trademark will ensure that the customer is getting the real thing and the highest quality reproduction possible. If you see this product being made by anyone other than the German Silver Sink Co., they do not have the express permission to do so and it is considered a violation of our trademark rights.
Many small details also help to make this fine company stand out. One such detail is sending a can of polish, a rag and a “Suggested Maintenance” page with each sink. Every sink also has a hand engraved tag that has the name of the company, the trademark stamp, the date and the serial number. This helps to distinguish each sink as a handcrafted work of art.
GSSCO takes pride in operating the way companies of yester-year did. Since Ms. Donaldson has owned the business, sales have steadily increased through her national marketing campaign and by displaying in some of the finest high-end showrooms in the business. GSSCO has been the subject of several editorials in magazines such as Fine Home Building, Conde Naste House and Garden, and Luxury Homes to name a few. Ms. Donaldson has also been seen on HGTV in affiliation with the Restoration and Renovators Show.
We hope that you consider making this fine reproduction of a by-gone era the focal point of your next kitchen project. We will look forward to speaking with you.
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