Silver Based Cake Stand
A contemporary sterling silver based cake stand with a simple glass plate top makes the afternoon tea table a sight to behold. Whether you are serving individual cakes or pastries, or the Christmas mince pies, this silver based stand is the perfect way to display them, a temptation that none of your guests can resist.
The sterling silver base is handmade and hallmarked in London. It is part of the JA Campbell 'Appetite' collection. If the occasion is a birthday then this silver based cake stand is the ideal size for cakes up to 10" in diameter.
The history of the birthday cake can be traced back to the Greeks who made round or moon shaped cakes and took them to the temple of Artemis - The Goddess of the Moon, and lit candles were placed on top. Another school of thought is that the Birthday cake tradition began in the Middle Ages in Germany. Sweetened bread dough was made in the shape of Baby Jesus and used to commemorate his birthday. A similar type of cake re-emerged in Germany as a Kinderfest- a birthday of a very young child.
Whatever you use your silver based cake stand for, you can be sure it will take centre stage on your table.
If it is a golden wedding present you are looking for, then the silver base can be gold plated to fit the occasion. Alternatively JA Campbell can make this product in most other precious metals, for example, platinum or various carats of gold to increase the value.
For those interested in how we make this product a brief description follows:
Made mainly from sterling silver sheet employing the "spinning" method (apart from the screw fitting). Spinning is an old way of producing round hollow objects on a spinning lathe in relatively small quantities. Lampshades and cooking utensils are often produced this way. A silver disc is spun over a preformed shape known as a chuck, using a polished hardened steel tool fixed into a long wooden handle. The skill of the spinner is to achieve this without allowing the flat disc to buckle as any sheet material is inclined to do as it changes into a hollow object. This process is often likened to the potter's wheel process by people seeing it for the first time. Once the spun components are completed the screw parts are made and soldered on using silver solder. A trial assembly now takes place.
At this stage the silversmithing process is paused while the article is punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. It is then taken to the London Assay Office for testing and hallmarking. Firstly small samples of silver are scraped from each and every component and analyzed in the Assay office lab. Providing the result proves positive the remaining hallmarks are then punched into the surface of the silver which is being supported by a steel "stake" to enable deep punching while minimizing denting. The Assay office has hundreds of these stakes all with different curves, sizes and lengths to fit any article. In the case of a new or very different item, the Assay office tool room will make a new one to fit.
Once the item has been returned to the silversmiths workshop it is polished using 4 grades of compound until all the blemishes, small dents from the hallmarking and spinning lines have been removed. Lastly the parts are cleaned ultrasonically and assembled for the last time, packed into luxury JA Campbell presentation boxes and dispatched.
All JA Campbell products are made up to a standard not down to a price and will stand the test of time. This sterling silver cake stand is an ideal investment and will be passed from generation to generation with each one taking pleasure from using it.
In the unlikely event of damage JA Campbell provides a replacement crystal and full repair service.
As with most things in life your silver will need occasional cleaning, this does not need to be a chore and can be quite therapeutic. It may need as little as a quick wash up, a 'buff up' using a clean soft yellow duster and a hard rub to remove light tarnish, and then the occasional polish using silver cleaner such as Silvo.
You can be assured that all
JA Campbell products are made up to a standard and not down to a price.
Engraving is a wonderful opportunity to personalize a gift. The addition of a minimum of initials, a name, a name and date, plus the occasion will cover most situations. More can be added, if required, such as a personal message.
Suggested position:Anywhere on silver parts and anywhere on glass plate
Recommended maximum characters: 90
For more information regarding our engraving services, which include hand, glass, heraldic and logo engraving, please click here, or telephone Colin or John Campbell on 01277 217829 to discuss.
Compose your personal engraving message after adding this product to your basket.