Silver Octagonal Cast Candlestick
This Queen Anne style hallmarked sterling silver octagonal candlestick is part of the 'Classic' collection from JA Campbell Silversmiths. This particular design dates from approximately 1740. It is cast and of superb quality and weight. It is entirely handmade in the original Queen Anne style for the discerning collector. The truly classic design of this silver candlestick shows the inherent qualities of hallmarked sterling silver at its best. 'To delight a customer' is something Designer John Campbell aims to do with every item that leaves his workshop.
Candlesticks were probably the most frequently used item of silver before the advent of electricity and so a huge number were made and also in a very wide range of styles. Today there are many styles still available. It is purely down to individual tastes.
For those people interested in how we make this particular candlestick, it is cast in 3 components; capital, stem and base, using the lost wax process. First, brass master patterns are made of each component and a vulcanized rubber mould made from each. Following the cooling of the vulcanized mould, it is cut apart into 2 halves and the brass pattern removed. A hole and channel are cut into one end through which molten wax is injected. Once cooled, the now wax replica is removed from the mould and 'invested' in liquid Plaster of Paris. Once the plaster has solidified, it is heated to remove the wax leaving the exact impression inside. Next, molten silver is forced into the channel using a centrifuge. Once the plaster has cooled to about 200 degrees C, it is plunged into water which causes it to disintegrate to release the silver casting. The originals would have also been cast but using the sand-cast method. This process has almost disappeared in the present day silverware industry for several reasons but mainly economic ones.
Having now cast all 3 components, they have their feeder 'sprues' sawn off. They are then 'dressed/fettled' with files and pre-polished. They are then soldered together to form the candlestick. At this stage in the making, the item is punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the 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. Large staggered hallmarks are used in a similar style to the original antiques. 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. The sticks are then ultrasonically cleaned, punched with the JA Campbell name mark and finally packed into fitted presentation boxes for dispatch.
This particular product stretches the skills of both the silversmith and polisher as the octagonal corners need to be sharp and all in a perfect line, one above the other. One of the best firms at octagonal silverwork is the London company, Marlow Brothers, under the leadership of Master Craftsman Lew Marlow. (John's mentor in the early days and still is today!)
Whatever the occasion, a table set with silver candlesticks from JA Campbell will show your guests that you appreciate quality. Silver has become something of a status symbol in recent years. If you wish to give as a golden wedding present then these silver candlesticks can be gold-plated or even made in gold to match the occasion.
This classic sterling silver octagonal candle stick is 17.2cm high
Remember, the soft glow of candlelight will create a special ambiance for that special meal. One more thing you can be sure of, a silver candlestick from JA Campbell is made up to a standard and not down to a price. We provide a full repair service if required.
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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 base
Recommended maximum characters: 280
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