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Silver Beaker or Schnapps Cup

A simple sterling silver beaker that has a multitude of uses! Including as a Christening gift. It is handmade from hallmarked sterling silver.

The price is for 1 beaker

It has a double line motif which is the signature design theme of the JA Campbell, contemporary, 'Appetite' collection, handmade in our Brentwood workshop.  'To delight a customer' is something Designer John Campbell aims to do with every item that leaves his workshop.

For those people interested in how we make this product, a brief description follows: being a single component product, this is one of the simpler things we make. It is constructed from a disc or circle of silver and 'spun' on a metal spinning lathe. First our standard silver sheet alloy is made by Cookson Precious Metal and starts life as 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% pure copper. This alloy is also known as sterling silver, the traditional English 925 alloy and to which most of the world has raised its standards to equal. The reason for the inclusion of 7.5% copper is not to cheapen but to make the pure silver harder, for without this addition, pure silver would be far too soft for general use. The 2 metals are poured or placed into a continuous casting machine where they are melted and mixed thoroughly. A port is opened at the bottom of the crucible through which the metal exits, cooling and solidifying as it is pulled through the exit at a controlled rate and then cut into manageable lengths. The dimensions of this ingot are about 9" wide by about 1" thick. It is then rolled in both directions to form stock sheet sizes of 0.5metre by 1 metre.

At this stage, the sheets are very hard through all the rolling and they must be 'annealed' to soften in order that they can be worked by the silversmith. The sheets are loaded into steel boxes and placed in a furnace for about 12 hours and heated to 650 degrees C. Once they have cooled, they are removed from the boxes, cleaned and plastic coated for protection prior to stocking or dispatch.

Spinning: this is an ancient method of constructing round, hollow objects from sheet metal (in this case silver) on a spinning lathe. This method is still suitable today for relatively small quantities and is also used by other industries, for example, electrical for the making of lampshades.

Screwed on to the lathe is a preformed solid model 'chuck' of the item to be spun. A silver blank is clamped to it and while it revolves, the blank is wrapped/coaxed onto the chuck. The tool used for this purpose (usually made by the craftsman himself) is a highly polished steel burnisher fitted into a long wooden handle. A mixture of soap and oil is applied to the surface to prevent scratching. As you can imagine, the blank tries to buckle and fold as it moves from the flat to the hollow plane and it is the skill of the silversmith to prevent this happening. Once the cup is tight on the chuck, the edge is trimmed and a pair of decorative lines turned into the side of the body.

At this stage in the making, the items are punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, which is the registered mark of JA Campbell and the full initials of John. They are then sent to the London Assay Office for testing of each and every component. Only if all the components prove to be better than 92.5% are the remaining hallmarks punched into the surface while being supported on a tool or steel stake to minimise denting. The independent English hallmarking system is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s.

The items are then returned to the silversmith's workshop where they are polished using 4 grades of compound to remove all the spinning lines, file marks, blemishes and also the scrape marks caused by the Assay Office tests. After the last polishing stage, the items are ultrasonically cleaned, dried and finally packed into presentation boxes for dispatch.

Whether it is used for Schnapps, Vodka, Wine or as a Christening present, this sterling silver beaker is an ideal gift. On a recent business trip to Europe, we were asked to supply the beakers in a leather case able to take 4, 6 or 8 sterling silver beakers stacked inside each other. Apparently they are often used during the walking season and taken in the picnic basket and used for wine at lunchtime. The silver beakers can be engraved with a message of your choice, making them suitable for a wide range of occasions and also one that can be added to over the years. You can be assured that all JA Campbell products are made up to a standard, not down to a price.

The price is for 1 beaker

 

Engraving example image

You can be assured that all
JA Campbell products are made up to a standard and not down to a price.

Engraving

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:

Around side or underneath

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.

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