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Silver Pimms Jug Set with Crystal Handle

An English Crystal jug with a handmade hallmarked sterling silver neck and crystal handle. Part of the contemporary ‘Appetite’ collection from JA Campbell Silversmiths. The silver neck has the double turned line Campbell signature decoration. 

Prices are quoted separately for each item, jug, lid & stirrer and for the full set

This beautiful jug with a silver collar and a crystal handle is perfect to use throughout the day to give your table that ‘luxury’ look. However an ideal use is as a Pimms or a Cocktail Jug. Try using at breakfast to serve freshly squeezed orange juice or even Bucks fizz on Christmas morning.  Early summer evenings, and thoughts turn to a cocktail, a jug of Pimms with strawberries floating on top. Whatever your tastes this superb silver and crystal jug will enhance every drink. On a winters evening why not enjoy a glass of mulled wine from this elegant jug, candlelight will glow softly on the silver and crystal.

As a silver present it will be a success whatever the occasion, for a wedding anniversary or a special birthday present. The silver neck or the crystal body are both suitable for engraving a message of your choice to mark the occasion.

For those interested in how we make this item a description follows below:

The jug has 4 components (7 if making the lid and stirrer also) 2 spun,  2 sheet, 2 wire and 1 ball finial.

Spun items: The body for this jug is made from 2 spun components soldered together in the middle with hard silver solder. The top is made from 1.3mm thick silver and the lower from 0.8mm thickness. This is because the top item is cut in an oval shape to form the pouring lip and is polished on both sides. 

Spinning is a process of forming hollow objects from sheet metal and is an old process which is still used today for small to medium size production runs. It is also good for one off or prototypes. Other industries also use this method. You will often find lampshades and cooking utensils made this way. This technique takes place on a metal ‘spinning’ lathe, rather like a heavy duty wood turning lathe and involves making a former or ‘chuck’ as it is known and ‘wrapping’ a disc of metal (in this case silver) around it using a highly polished steel burnisher held in a long wooden handle and lots of lubricant. The spinner tucks the handle under his arm and uses his body weight to move the disc. As you can imagine the disc tries to buckle and fold as it comes off the flat plane to form a vessel and it is the skill of the silversmith to prevent this happening. The spinning tool is usually made by the craftsman during his apprenticeship. During the spinning process the silver, in common with most other metals, will work harden and become unmanageable. It will need to be removed from the lathe and made red hot to soften the metal. This process is called annealing. Once the component is back on the chuck and has been coaxed to fit snuggly it will be trimmed to size using a hand turning tool.

The two parts of the body are now soldered together using hard silver solder. The solder surplus is removed and the two decorative lines are pushed into the seam area with the point of a spinning tool.

At this stage the article is 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 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 the dents put in by the punching process. Following this the JA Campbell name punch is applied and the polishing process begins. First using coarse compound on the inside and outside, moving up to medium and lastly a fine compound until the high polish associated with silver is achieved. 4 grades are used and around 20 different operations employed.

It is then ultrasonically cleaned and dried and then attached to the crystal body using plaster of Paris. When fully dry any excess plaster is removed and finally checked and packed into presentation boxes.

In the unlikely event of damage JA Campbell provide a full replacement/repair service.

You can be assured that all JA Campbell products are made up to a standard and not down to a price. Nothing leaves the Brentwood workshop until Master Silversmith John Campbell is completely satisfied.

 

 

 

 

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