Silver Trays or Silver Salvers
These handmade hallmarked sterling silver salvers or trays are ideal to hold the 'Appetite' Tea or Coffee set. These silver salvers has a multitude of uses and even looks good when simply on display. In the evening, as the host, uses a silver salver to proudly present his guests with a cocktail or a glass of champagne. The surfaces of these salvers are treated with a light, satin-finish effect which is extremely user-friendly as it reduces the risk of unsightly scratch marks during daily use. When entertaining friends and family, using sterling silver shows you care about the finer things in life. Silver has become a subtle status symbol in recent years. The soft glow of candlelight on silver gives an ambiance that nothing else can quite match.
For anyone interested our traditional method of producing these trays, Master Silversmith John Campbell describes how he makes these items. The tray is made by the spinning method. This is where hollow round objects are made on a spinning lathe by forcing flat, silver blanks over a pre-formed brass or steel chuck. This is a highly skilled process dating back many generations, possibly to Roman times. The Mildenhall treasure in the British Museum contains some large round dishes bearing the telltale rings on their backs. This process is most suitable for small production runs of between 1 and 100. Production batches larger than this would be better made by the pressing method. Next the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, is punched into the surface and it then visits the London Assay Office where it is tested and providing it passes the test the remaining hallmarks are punched into the surface. This one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s. On return to the silversmiths workshop, it is polished using 4 grades of compound. Finally it is packed into the luxury presentation boxes ready for dispatch.
The simple elegant style lends itself to engraving with a message of your choice, dates, names, family crest or logo, even an engraving of your favourite sport if used for a trophy or gift. I have even seen them covered with the signatures of the donors.
Silver has become a very collectable commodity over the years and to be able to hand it down from generation to generation is something to be considered, for its beauty and the joy of using silver and also as an investment for the future.
In the unlikely event of damage, JA Campbell provide a repair service. You can be assured that all our 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 even be quite therapeutic. From as little as a quick wash up to the occasional buff up with a clean yellow duster to remove light tarnish and the occasional polish using silver cleaner such as Silvo.