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Silver Oil & Vinegar Cruet Set - Crystal Bottles

This unusual and practical sterling silver oil & vinegar cruet frame contains mouth blown English crystal bottles complete with stoppers. The base is elevated on ball feet and is parcel gilt (part gold plated) with a satin finish. This helps to deter scuffs and corrosion. It is part of the 'Appetite' collection.

Subtle but eye catching this important accessory will not fail to impress your friends and guests and is a real indication of good taste. For adding gourmet balsamic vinegars and first pressed olive oil to your salads and starters this cruet set will sit well alongside the salad bowl and servers and salt and pepper mills from the matching JA Campbell 'Appetite' collection.

You can spoil yourself and buy one for your own use or as a special present for someone close. It is also very suitable as a silver wedding present, a silver birthday present, a corporate gift or incentive gift. It can even be made in gold for the very special golden wedding present. This item is highly suitable for engraving to further personalize with a name, initials, logo, or even the vessels name. This can be done on the silver base, on the crystal bottles or both. Silver has become a subtle status symbol in recent years.

As with most items of silver tableware the cruet frame probably evolved during the industrial revolution with the coming sophistication of the Victorian upper and professional middle classes. This sterling silver cruet set is a pleasure to use today and a great investment to be handed down to future generations.

Website sales only. From August 2014 included with every silver and crystal item from JA Campbell is a complimentary kit for cleaning the inside of crystal, this includes decanters, claret jugs and the oil and vinegar cruet sets.

The kit consists of shiny pellets which when agitated inside with washing up water removes stubborn wine or vinegar stains from the insides. When rinsed, drained (using the strainer provided) and dried they can be used over and over again. Recommended by Dartington Crystal

For those interested in how we make this item in our Brentwood workshop a brief description follows.

The cruet frame itself is made from 13 components, 5 being round silver wire, the base plate cut from thick silver sheet, 3 lost wax castings, which form the top wires collection point, the base bolt and nut, and 4 ball feet attached to the underside. The frame wires are cut to their respective lengths then bent around jigs in several stages. They are then brought together and silver solder joined to form 1 unit. The base bolt and top castings are then soldered in place. The carrying ring is made by coiling wire around a bar like a spring, cutting into individual rings, and then solder joined using enameling silver solder. This is then soldered on to the main frame assembly. The base plate is now cut from a thick silver sheet and pressed into a die to slightly raise the edges. A square hole is cut into the centre to accept the main frame. After pickling all the soldered components the solder joints are dressed. The next process is for the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, to be punched into the surface and then a visit to the London Assay Office, housed in Goldsmiths Hall where it is tested and the remaining hallmarks applied. This is probably one of the earliest forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 14th century. Indeed the term 'up to scratch' is an ancient precious metal term. The product then comes back to the workshop for polishing using 4 grades of polishing medium. The base of the cruet is sandblasted to give a satin finish and then gold plated. After final assembly it is wrapped and packed.

In the unlikely event of damage JA Campbell provide a full repair service. You can be assured that all 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.

As with most things in life your silver will need occasional cleaning, this does not need to be a chore and can be quite therapeutic. From as little as a quick wash up to the occasional buff up to remove light tarnish, and once in a while a polish using silver cleaner such as Silvo.

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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 under side of cruet stand

Recommended maximum characters: 240

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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