Silver Handbag Mirror
Sterling Silver Handbag Mirror with Twisted Loop Handle. The perfect gift for any lady. No handbag, however large or small, is complete without a mirror. This sterling silver handbag mirror is ideal for those moments when you know you need to look just right! This delightful sterling silver handbag mirror has a 6cm round mirror, a plain sterling silver back and a distinctive loop handle. It comes supplied complete with a felt pouch.
The plain sterling silver back is ideal for engraving a name, a date, a message or design of your choice. The handle carries the 5 symbols that make up the full London hallmark. JAC is the Makers mark for J A Campbell Silversmiths, 925 denotes sterling silver, the Leopards Head for the London Assay office, the Lion Passant which is the historic symbol for sterling silver and the appropriate date letter for the year of manufacture.
For those interested in how we make this handbag mirror a brief description follows: it is in 5 parts - 2 spinning's, 1 casting, 1 retaining ring and 1 mirror.
The silver body is made by the metal 'spinning' method. Spinning 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, 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 which is held against the body and under the arm of the spinner/silversmith to provide push.
The lost wax cast handle explained: from a handmade brass master pattern, a rubber mould is made and into this mould molten wax is injected. Once the wax has cooled and solidified, the wax handles are removed, they are placed together onto a central wax stem known as a tree, covered with an open ended steel tube and filled with liquid Plaster of Paris. Once the plaster has set the assembly is heated and the wax melted out. The temperature is then raised to around 1200 degrees C to burn out completely any remaining wax residues. Silver is then poured into the recess, aided by a centrifuge. Once cooled down to around 200 degrees C, the flask is plunged into cold water making the plaster disintegrate and allowing the removal of the castings. They are then water-blasted to remove remaining plaster, pickled in dilute sulphuric acid, rinsed, dried and cut from the central feeder stem.
The body and casting are then part-polished and soldered together into 1 unit. The mirror retaining ring is made, fitted and numbered to match the body. At this stage in the making, the item is punched with the JA Campbell maker's mark (JAC in a triangle). Then it 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 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.
On return to the workshop, the hallmarks are set to remove the slight denting caused by the hallmarking process and polished using 3 grades of compound, ultrasonically cleaned, dried, and inspected. Finally the replaceable mirror is inserted and the retaining ring sprung into place. It is once again checked for tightness and packed into its felt pouch and presentation box.
This handmade hallmarked sterling silver mirror is made in England in our Brentwood workshop under the watchful eye of Master Silversmith John Campbell. Nothing leaves the workshop without his seal of approval. Everything is made up to a standard, not down to a price. In the unlikely event of accidental damage or breakage, JA Campbell provide a full repair service.
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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 back
Recommended maximum characters: 60
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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