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Silver Ice Tongs

Sterling Silver Ice Cube Tongs made and hallmarked in Sheffield England in a contemporary style and part of the JA Campbell "Appetite" collection.

Practical and nice to use when entertaining and at a quiet time when enjoying a well earned Gin and Tonic.

An essential accessory to the Silver Ice Bucket.

For those interested in how this item is made a brief description follows:

Please note this is one of the only items in the range that is not made by JA Campbell.

Starting life as a coil of hard-rolled silver strip, the first operation is to "blank out" the main profile of the tongs. The next is to press the shape into the ends raising the teeth up and setting the shape into the sides. At this stage the tongs are part polished while, what will become, the inside areas are easy to access.

Next the tongs take a trip to the Sheffield Assay office where the metal will be tested and if found to be better than 925 parts per 1000 silver, punched with the remaining hallmarks.

Note, the makers mark is usually struck in advance of the assay office visit, by the silversmith, not the assay office.

The test involves scraping tiny samples from the article and testing using various methods from acid to cupolation, xray and also spectrometer. As a deterrent to manufacturer's trying to cheat using inferior materials the article will be wrecked and then returned to the manufacturer. This is if the article fails 3 consecutive tests. The Uk hallmarking system is one of the oldest, best and most trusted forms of consumer protection globally. It is claimed to have been started by Goldsmiths Hall in London (hence hallmarking) in the 1400's.

Upon return to the silversmith the hall marks are then set. More polishing takes place and then the final bending procedure and related checking takes place. The main polishing then happens using 4 grades of compound and then finally an ultrasonic clean to remove all the polishing compounds from the crevices. They are then inspected and packed into JA Campbell distinctive white and mauve prentation boxes.

A great gift to buy someone who has practically everything but also nice to spoil yourself with especially if you appreciate the finer things in life.

This item is highly suitable for engraving with a personal message, picture, logo, crest, coat of arms, ship's name or whatever you choose.

It would appear that domestic or bar ice tongs evolved in the early 1900's and therefore many will probably be made in the art deco style.

In the event of accidental damge we at JA Campbell provide a full repair refurbishment service. You can be assured that nothing leaves the Brentwood workshop until Masters John and Colin Campbell are completely satisfied that the article is perfect. All our items are made up to a standard not down to a price.

Enjoy now, give it a good home and then pass on to a future generation to enjoy.

Engraving example image

You can be assured that all
JA Campbell products are made up to a standard and not down to a price.

Engraving

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 sides

Recommended maximum characters: 120

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.

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