Silver Bottle Opener
This bottle opener has a solid silver handle. The opener part is made from Sheffield stainless steel for strength and durability. The handle has a double line motif which is the signature design theme of the JA Campbell contemporary 'Appetite' collection. This silver-handled bottle opener will look elegant while proving to be efficient and durable. It can be bought as a single item or comes as part of a three item sterling silver boxed bar set.
As you and your guests are looking forward to a chilled bottle of beer, cider or lager you may wonder about the origin of the bottle opener. The need for bottle openers starts with the bottle cap The origins of the bottle cap we know started in 1890 with William Painter. He came up with a one-time use cap with a cork lining which he called crown cork since it resembled the British Queen's crown. This type of bottle cap is still in wide use today by the beer industry although now it has a nylon seal. The invention in the early 1900s of mass production of glass bottles lead to an increase in the use of crown caps. In addition, further growth came from other containers being converted to bottles in order to make use of the crown cap. Within 20 years nearly all soft drink and beer bottles were sporting crown caps.
With regard to how we make this bottle opener, a description follows from Silversmith John Campbell. We take a length of solid silver rod which is 7/16" in diameter. This has been made for JA Campbell by Cookson Precious Metals, our preferred supplier of precious metals. It is produced by employing the continuous casting method. Upon exiting the casting machine the then over sized billet is cut into manageable lengths and drawn cold through dies which brighten while reducing the diameter to its final specification and cut once more into one metre lengths. Just prior to this however the rod goes through a straightening process. At this stage it is sent to JA Campbell. This production is also used in several other Campbell products including the wine cooler handle. But in this instance it is once again cut to its final length. A pair of the signature double decorative lines is turned into the surface using the spinning lathe with its cross slide attachment. It is then part drilled and countersunk to accept the tang of the stainless steel bottle opener (a bought in item from our Sheffield supplier)
At this stage in the making, the silver part only is 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 hallmarks punched into the surface while being supported in a steel die. The English hallmarking system is one of the best and oldest forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s.
Upon return to our workshop, the handle is silver soldered to the steel opener, pickled in dilute suphuric acid to remove flux residues and steel oxides. Any surplus solder is then filed off and followed by the polishing process which uses 4 grades of compound. This gives the final lustre for which silver is known. It is then ultrasonically cleaned and packed into fitted presentation boxes for dispatch.
This silver bottle opener would make an ideal sterling silver men's gift or sterling silver wedding present. If the occasion is a golden wedding,then the handle can be gold plated or even made in gold. As the sterling silver handle of the bottle opener can be engraved, it is also very suitable for a corporate or incentive gift. A sterling silver engraved bottle opener could be something that is passed from generation to generation. Being part of a matching collection it would also be suitable as an annual gift without unnecessary repetition.
All JA Campbell products are made up to a standard, not down to a price. Enjoy using your sterling silver bottle opener from JA Campbell. For those wanting increased value we can also make this item in gold.
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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:Along silver handle
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.
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