Silver Cheese Stand
This Silver & Crystal Cheese Stand is the perfect way on which to serve your cheese selection. It has a solid hall marked sterling silver tubular handle and a handmade sterling silver foot. The handle and the foot have the double line motif which is the signature design theme of the JA Campbell, contemporary, Appetite collection.
It can be used with the sterling silver handled cheese knife The Silver handled cheese knife has the traditional curved blade and is sold separately.
A selection of strong blue cheeses, a smooth creamy Brie, perhaps a little tart Goats cheese, and if it is your preference, crispy celery and sweet grapes will display on this silver and crystal cheese stand. This type of attention to detail will make all the difference to your friends and family. Remember silver has become a subtle satus symbol in recent years.
For those interested in how we make this silver cheese stand, it has 10 components, 9 silver and 1 glass, which is replaceable. Of the 9 silver items, 4 are spun, 2 threaded rod items, 2 flat discs and 1 piece of tube. First the 'spun' items. Spinning is an ancient method of forming round hollow sheet made objects on a lathe in relatively small quantities. On the lathe a flat metal disc, in this case silver, is wrapped or forced on to a pre formed 'chuck' while it is rotating using a highly polished steel burnisher fitted into a long wooden handle. The silversmith tucks this under his arm and uses his body weight as power. The skill of the silversmith is mainly to stop this flat disc from buckling as it moves from the flat to the hollow plane.
In common with other metals silver work hardens and therefore needs 'annealing' (making red hot in order to soften) several times during the spinning process. On completion the spun components are trimmed to size to ensure they all fit together. The 2 threaded items: basically a silver nut and bolt, are made on the lathe from silver rod which is turned, drilled, tapped and threaded. Of the 2 flat discs, one is a strengthening plate to support the nut and the other, the top plate which clamps the glass to the base. The short length of silver tube starts life as a continuously cast thick walled tube which is 'drawn down' through decreasing dies with a steel mandrill inside to control wall thickness. This tube is made for us by our supplier Cookson Precious Metals and on arrival at JA Campbell's it is cut from its long length to its final cheese stand length. At this stage all the small items are soldered together into the final sub assemblies using silver solder and a gas and air torch. This burns with an inert flame preventing the 7.5% copper from oxidizing and leaving an unsightly mauve surface stain, commonly known as fire stain in sterling silver alloy. After soldering, the sub assemblies are 'pickled' in dilute sulphuric acid to remove flux residues etc.
At this stage in the making the items are punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, the full initials of John Archibald 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% are the remaining hallmarks punched into the surface while being supported on a steel tool or stake. The independent English hallmarking system is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s.The term hallmark comes from the fact that it has been performed at Goldsmiths Hall since its begining.
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 scrape marks caused by the Assay Office tests. After the last polishing stage all the items are ultra sonically cleaned, all the sub assembles screwed together with the glass plate in place and final packed into presentation boxes for dispatch.
A great accessory for a stylish dinner party, this silver & crystal cheese stand would make an ideal sterling silver gift or sterling silver wedding present. If the occasion is a golden wedding then the handle and foot can be gold plated. There is plenty of room to engrave a message of your choice on either the sterling silver foot or the crystal plate. A sterling silver engraved cheese stand could be something that is passed from generation to generation. At the end of a meal, or before the dessert, if you prefer to follow the French tradition, a selection of fine cheese displayed on a silver and crystal cheese stand and perfectly sliced with this silver cheese knife will be a talking point amongst your friends and family.
You can be assured that all JA Campbell products are made up to a standard not down to a price and we provide a full repair service in the event of accidental damage.
The Silver handled cheese knife has the traditional curved blade and is sold separately.
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 the silver parts or on glass plate
Recommended maximum characters: 180
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.