Silver Bottle Coaster
A handmade hallmarked heavy gauge sterling silver bottle coaster (the smallest in the picture above)made in a contemporary style with a perfectly plain side ideally suited for engraving. Generally speaking, silver coasters are used for containing decanters, bottles and glasses and their main purpose is to protect your treasured tables from damage from liquid stains or scratches.
The designs fall into two main categories, reproduction and contemporary. This particular one is a contemporary design and part of a matching range from the Appetite collection.
A joy to own, these silver bottle coasters would also make a perfect silver gift for any occasion, from a birthday to a wedding (especially a silver wedding) or a corporate gift or sports award. While relatively comman in days gone by, silver has now become a subtle status symbol. You can be assured that all JA Campbell products are made up to a standard, not down to a price, and a full repair service is available in the event of accidental damage. Simply return to our workshop for a quote.
The collection was designed by Master Silversmith John Campbell who describes below the manufacturing process.
This range of contemporary coasters -bottle, decanter and ships- are all made using the same technique which is that known as spinning. This is an ancient method of producing round, hollow sheet made objects on a lathe and is most suitable for small production runs. Using a metal spinning lathe, a preformed shape known as a 'chuck' is screwed on to the mandrill of the lathe and a flat metal disc (in this case silver) is 'spun' or wrapped around the chuck while it is rotating. Hence the term spinning. A polished steel burnisher fitted into a long wooden handle is tucked under the arm of the spinner/silversmith and used to lever the disc on to the chuck, using his body weight for power. As you can imagine, the metal tries to buckle and fold as it comes off the flat plane and begins to form a hollow object and it is the skill of the spinner after years of practice to prevent this happening. Once the silver has been spun onto or over the chuck, the uneven edges are trimmed to their finished height using a hand held turning tool.
At this stage in the making, the item is punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, which are the full initials of John A Campbell. It is 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% silver are the remaining hallmarks punched into the surface while being supported on a steel stake. The English hallmarking system is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s.
The item is then returned to the silversmith's workshop where it is polished using 4 grades of compound to remove all the spinning lines, file marks, blemishes and scrape marks caused by the Assay Office tests. It then has a protective edge mask fitted and the upper base surface is sand-blasted, leaving the inside edge bright. The sand-blasted surface is lightly polished again to change the finish to a shiny satin surface. This is very user-friendly and resists scratches or marks, a constant problem with polished surfaces that have things placed on them.
Most of the items in the 'Appetite' collection that have flat surfaces, for example trays, have this finish. The coaster is then ultrasonically cleaned and dried. It is then finally placed into its white and lilac presentation box ready for dispatch.
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:On rim, in centre or underneath
Recommended maximum characters: 120
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.
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