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Silver based Highball Glasses - Crystal Body

A mouth-blown, English crystal, highball glass with a detachable sterling silver base. Here at JA Campbell Silversmiths, we place no restrictions on what you serve in these silver based glasses. We just want you to enjoy using silver on every possible occasion to enhance your lifestyle.

The price is for a pair of highball glasses.

A highball glass is usually a glass or crystal tumbler which contains 8 - 12 fluid ounces (240 - 350ml) and is most commonly used to serve highball cocktails and other mixed drinks. It is sometimes referred to as an 'old fashioned' glass. Most drinks contain ice, spirits and a mixer.

The manufacturing process is described below by Silversmith John Campbell.

This glass consists of 2 components, a crystal glass and a silver base. The glass arrives from Dartington Crystal and is checked for quality and consistency of size. Variation in size is common so the bases are fitted and numbered individually.

The bases are made using the 'metal spinning' process. This is an ancient method of making round hollow objects from flat sheet material. This method is suitable for relatively small production runs and is quite inexpensive to set up. The process is done on a metal spinning lathe which is similar to a heavy duty wood turning lathe. A 'former' or 'chuck' is made on the lathe from wood, brass or steel. A circle of silver is 'spun' over the chuck. The tool used to complete this process is called a 'spinning' tool and it consists of a polished steel burnisher fitted on to a long wooden handle. This is held under the arm of the spinner as he makes slight sweeping actions to achieve the result required. When the base fits the glass, each is numbered to ensure they fit correctly and then a pair of decorative lines are turned into the surface of the silver. A large hole is then cut out of the middle of each silver base.

At this stage the bases are punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. They are then 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 1400s and is one of the world's oldest most trusted 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 to the base and the polishing process begins. Using 4 different grades of polishing compound, the item is buffed to the high lustre for which silver is known. It is then ultrasonically cleaned and dried. The correct base is fitted to each glass and then packed into presentation boxes.

Silver is best when used and requires little polishing when used regularly. Just some mild soapy water and a soft cloth after use will keep it looking perfect for many weeks without needing a full polish.

The glasses are sold as a pair and come packaged in a satin-lined box which makes them an ideal silver present for many occasions. The silver base or the crystal bodies can be engraved with a message logo or crest of your choice to personalize the gift. As JA Campbell offer a replacement/repair service for the silver or crystal, you can be sure this silver present will last for years to come.

You can be assured that all JA Campbell 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

The price is for a pair of highball glasses. Also shown whisky tumblers and highball stirrer.



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You can be assured that all
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 silver base or on crystal body

Recommended maximum characters: 50

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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