Silver Decanter Coaster
A handmade hallmarked, heavy gauge, sterling silver decanter coaster with a soft satin, user-friendly finish on the inside base. The middle size in the picture above.
Generally speaking, silver coasters are used for containing decanters, bottles and glasses. Their main purpose is to protect your treasured table from unnecessary liquid stains, scratches or scuffs. This silver decanter coaster while a joy to own would also make a perfect silver gift for any occasion, from a birthday to a wedding (especially a silver wedding) to a corporate gift or sports award. Relitively comman among the middle classes in yester-year, silver has now become a subtle status symbol more recently.
Setting the table for a dinner party requires silver to enhance the ambiance. The glow of candlelight on silver is a delight to behold and is a great talking point.
The products fall into two main categories; reproduction and contemporary. This coaster is a contemporary design and is part of a matching range from the Appetite collection which was designed by Master Silversmith John Campbell who describes the manufacturing process below.
This range of contemporary coasters, (bottle, decanter and ships) are all made using the same technique which is that of '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. It is only the skill of the spinner which prevents 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, the full initials of John 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% pure 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, which are a constant problem for polished surfaces on which items are placed. Most of the items in the 'Appetite' collection which have flat surfaces, for example trays, have this finish. "I personally can vouch for this finish having used a set of our glasses coasters 6 times a week for around 12 years. They are still as good today as when I took them home" sais John Campbell
The coaster is then ultrasonically cleaned and dried. It is then finally placed into its presentation box ready for dispatch.
You can be assured that all JA Campbell products are made up to a standard, not down to a price.
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:Around rim, in centre or underneath
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.
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