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Jan 14, '21

Silver Spoon

When I was 7 in 1961 my father presented me a silver dessert spoon saying, “Every child deserved to be born with a silver spoon in their mouth.”

I have used it ever since.

Quantum Coincidence

It was second hand, made in Norway by P. Børke 1895 out of 850 Silver alloy, beautifully crafted and inscribed “Einar 1896”.

Einar = E ina r = E ian r

In Icelandic Einar means Alone.

When I was a child the other boys’ used to call me E.

Einar is a Scandinavian given name deriving from the Old Norse name Einarr, which according to Guðbrandur Vigfússon is directly connected with the concept of the einherjar, warriors who died in battle and ascended to Valhalla in Norse mythology. Vigfússon comments that 'the name Einarr is properly = einheri" and points to a relation to the term with the Old Norse common nouns einarðr (meaning "bold") and einörð (meaning "valour").

What does Einar mean?

Einar Pronunciation



[ 2 syll. ei-nar, ein-ar ] The baby boy name Einar is pronounced in and Norwegian as -AY-Naa-R or in Icelandic as EY-NaaR †. Einar is primarily used in English, German, and Scandinavian, and it is of Old Norse origin. Einar's meaning is lone warrior; army of one. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'einn' which means alone, lone ; 'arr' army, warrior. An original form of the name is Einarr (Old Norse). In Nose mythology, the name referred to the spirits of the slain warriors; they were brought by the Valkyries to Valhalla to fight and feast until Ragnarök, when they would join the Norse gods in the final battle. The name was popular in ancient Iceland and Norway.

Einar has 12 forms that are used in English and other languages. English forms include Einer, Einir, Einor, Einur, Einyr, Ejner, Ejnir, Ejnor, Ejnur, Ejnyr, and Inar. A form of Einar used in other languages is the Scandinavian Ejnar.

See also the related categories, army (warrior), gods, english, battle (war), ancient, german, and scandinavian.

Einar is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1909 with 0.009% of baby boys being named Einar. It ranked at #729 then. The baby name has since slipped in popularity, and is now used on an infrequent scale. Among all boy names in its group, Einar was nevertheless the most regularly used in 2018.

Baby names that sound like Einar include Eanraig, Eimar, Eimarr, Einer, Einir, Einri, Ellmer, Ellmur, Emre, Emreh, Emrey, Emri, Emry, Emyr, Enar, Ener, Enir, Enri, Enur, and Enyr.

† Pronunciation for Einar: AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"

Silver Smiths

With 161 years of diamonds, gold and silver (1857 - 2018)

No business in Hamar can point to greater continuity in the same industry and within the same family as Gullsmed P. Børke. We have had a business in Strandgaten in Hamar since 1857. 161 years of continuous operation of a goldsmith business in the center of Hamar. Gullsmed P. Børke is today Hamar's oldest company.

It started already on 31 August 1857 when the two farm boys from Ringsaker, Even Dæhlie and Lars Windjue opened a goldsmith's shop in Hamar. Both were apprenticed to Gullsmed Brink, one of Kristiania's most important goldsmiths at the time. They opened their spartan goldsmith shop in Strandgaten when they returned home after graduating.

Later they moved the business to what is today known as Lindmarkgården in Strandgaten 35, and stayed there until Peder Ulven Børke bought the neighboring farm Strandgaten 33 (Børkegården) in 1900, where the business is located today. Dæhlie died in 1876 at just 49 years old, and Windjue took over the company.

In 1879, Peder Ulven Børke started in goldsmithing. He was the nephew of Windju's wife Randine born the Wolf. Peder took the apprenticeship test in 1884, and traveled to Denmark and Germany for further education before he returned home and took over the company Dæhlie & Windjue, October 1, 1893. For 45 years the business was under Peder Ulven Børke's management, until he left the operation to his son Olaf in 1938.

Olaf Børke received his goldsmith education from J. Tostrup in the years 1916 to 1920, when he took his journeyman's certificate. Later he spent two years at Statens Håndverk og Kunstindustriskole. Olaf died in 1956 at the age of only 58.

Per Børke took over the business after his father's death. Per was apprenticed to David-Andersen in Oslo in the period 1947-1951, when he took his journeyman's certificate. He took further education in the goldsmith profession in Germany with subjects such as engraving, enamelling and pearls. He graduated as a diamond gutachter (diamond professional) in the 1970s as one of the first in Norway.

Børke store in the old days

Per Børke handed over the company to his son Per-Olaf in 1993. Per-Olaf then took over the operation, as the 5th generation goldsmith. Per-Olaf was apprenticed for three years at Gullsmed S. Homstvedt A / S in Bergen in 1980-83, and took the apprenticeship test in October 1983. From December 1983 he spent 2 years in Hanau in Germany to study gemstone grinding, carving. and engraving. He then traveled to Idar-Oberstein, known for his trade in diamonds and precious stones, to study Gemmology (the study of diamonds and precious stones). When he returned in 1986, he started at his father's workshop. Per-Olaf received the master's certificate in 1986.


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