Silver Egg Cup & Spoon
A sterling silver egg cup and matching spoon from the JA Campbell 'Appetite' collection. An organic boiled egg from the local farm, freshly baked bread from a local baker and quality butter, freshly squeezed orange juice, what better way to start the day, whatever age you may be? An egg cup and spoon is often thought of as a silver Christening present, and that is still a lovely silver gift for a child. However throughout life appreciating the quality of silver and the importance of high quality food goes hand in hand with the philosophy of Master Silversmith John Campbell. To delight, not just please every customer is his aim whenever a handmade piece of silver leaves his workshop.
For those interested in how we make this egg cup a brief description follows. The cup itself is a 1 piece item made in 3 stages. The initial draught looks like a small beaker, the second the narrow neck between the bowl and foot is 'spun' in and finally the base strengthening wire formed.
Spinning: This is an ancient method that is still suitable today for the making of round hollow objects from sheet material in relatively small quantities. It involves taking a disc of sheet material, in this case silver, and coaxing it (while it spins rapidly) over a preformed chuck or former, screwed on to a spinning lathe and using a polished steel 'burnisher' with a long wooden handle to provide leverage. This is held against the body and under the arm of the spinner/silversmith. Several 'anneals' making red hot to soften, will be necessary as the silver work hardens.
At this stage, the article is punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, which are the initials of founder John Campbell. It is then taken to the London Assay Office to be scraped and tested. Once a positive result has been received from the laboratory confirming that the article has been made with metal at least 92.5% pure silver, the remaining hallmarks are punched into the surface. This independent hallmarking process began in the 1400's and is one of the world's oldest and most secure forms of consumer protection.
Upon arrival back at our workshop, the hallmarks are inspected and 'set', that is to remove any small dents put in by the punching process. Following this the JA Campbell name punch is applied to the base. The polishing process can now begin. First using coarse compound, moving up to medium and lastly a fine compound until the high polish associated with silver is achieved. Four grades are used and around 20 different operations employed.
The egg spoon is polished in the same way and the bowl is then gold plated to protect from the sulpher in the egg yolk and possibly salt sprinkles that can cause corrosion to the silver.
The earliest images recorded of an egg cup appear in a Turkish mosaic dating from 3AD and further examples from 79AD were found in the ruins of Pompeii. It is thought wooden cups would have been made before silver ones. Through the 18th and into the early 19th century egg cups were only found as part of matching dinner services in porcelain and pottery. During the late 19th century egg cups were individually produced. Silver egg cups were often gilded inside again to protect the sulpher in the egg from tarnishing the silver. At this time egg spoons were generally made from horn, bone, or ivory. In Victorian times breakfasts were gastronomic feasts and matching sets of egg cups were very popular, sometimes sitting in round or oval stands, a bit like a cruet frame and sometimes holding as many as 12 cups.These stands often had a recess or a peg on which the cups sat to prevent them from sliding around on the stand. Since then many designs have evolved featuring colours, patterns and children's book characters. Sometimes, when early starts are necessary in the workshop our staff will have a 'boiled egg breakfast' and use silver decanter tops for egg cups -upside down they make excellent egg cups!
An ideal way in which to personalize a silver egg cup and spoon is to have it engraved with names, dates or initials. A perfect silver gift for any occasion. In the unlikely event of damage, JA Campbell provide a full repair service. You can be assured that all our products are made up to a standard, not down to a price. Nothing leaves the Brentwood workshop until Master Silversmith John Campbell is completely satisfied.
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 body of egg cup and on back of spoon handle
Recommended maximum characters: 70
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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