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Silver Bread Bowl or Brioche Bowl

This handmade hallmarked sterling silver bread bowl is part of the contemporary 'Appetite' collection by JA Campbell Silversmiths. The size of this 10" (25.5cm) silver bowl makes it suitable for a wide range of occasions and additional uses other than for bread. It is nice to use and is sure to be the 'wow' element on your dining table, particularly as silver has become a subtle status symbol in recent years.

It can be used from the very start of the day on the breakfast table, filled with warm homemade bread rolls or for a more continental feel, with French sticks or brioche. It is the ideal companion to the silver & crystal butter dish with tray or the silver & crystal preserve bowl. During the day it can be used to hold a selection of fresh fruit or simply on its own it will display beautifully on any table or dresser. As evening approaches and the time comes to set the dinner table the bowl will again take centre stage and hold freshly baked bread or fruit for dessert.

Originally a small wicker basket which evolved into a woven silver basket with the arrival of the wealthy Victorian sophisticates, in many cases with quite intricate designs and pierced bowls. This was an extremely time consuming item to make, difficult to clean and also very expensive. As times change and tastes move to a more contemporary simple design this sterling silver bowl is ideal.

The product is made by Master Silversmith John Campbell and he describes the method in detail. This bowl is made using the "spinning" method. This is probably one of the most suitable ways of making round hollow objects in small quantities and is often found in other industries. Lampshades and kitchen utensils are often made this way. On a spinning lathe a disc of silver is spun over a preformed chuck using a polished steel burnisher. The disc and chuck are clamped and rotate together, and once the bowl is about half the final depth it begins to work harden and will require an anneal (make red hot). This will take the metal back to the original soft state and allow spinning to continue. Once the bowl is fitting the chuck snugly the edge is brought back on itself to form a hollow wire edge. This is to strengthen and provide a comfortable edge with which to hold it.

At this stage the making process is paused and the item punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, the full initials of John Archibald Campbell. The item then makes the journey to the London Assay Office where all the components are scraped and tested to ensure they contain more than 92.5% silver. Providing a positive result is received from the laboratory the remaining hallmark symbols are burnt into the surface of the silver using a laser. Upon return to the workshop the bowl is finally polished using 4 grades of compound and packed into the distinctive JA Campbell presentation boxes.

This sterling silver bowl is an ideal investment to be passed from generation to generation with each one taking pleasure from using it. The size and shape make it ideal for engraving, very suitable for a sports award or a corporate gift. If the occasion is a golden wedding present then the bowl can be gold plated to fit the occasion. Or alternatively it can be made from almost any other precious metal such as gold or platinum and so adding value.

In the unlikely event of damage JA Campbell provide a full repair service and you can be assured that all our products are made up to a standard not down to a price. Nothing leaves the Brentwood workshop without the approval of John Campbell.

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. It may need as little as a quick wash up, a 'buff up' using a soft clean yellow duster to remove light tarnish, and the occasional polish using silver cleaner such as Silvo.If buff ups are done reularly it will delay the need for using polish.

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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 outside or inside or underneath body

Recommended maximum characters: 260

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.

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