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Silver Christening Mug

A handmade hallmarked heavy gauge sterling silver mug; a reproduction of a sterling silver mug made in 1734 by silversmith Walter Brind of London. Part of the JA Campbell 'Classic' collection. Sometimes these mugs are referred to, incorrectly, as tankards. The difference is that a tankard has a lid, usually with a hinge and billet (thumb piece) These can also be made from other precious metals such as gold or platinum to increase the value.

A sterling silver mug of this quality is something that will really give the owner, friends and family, the 'wow' factor. A suitable silver present for so many occasions, the quarter pint is especially suited as a Christening gift. The silver mug is ideal for engraving with a message of your choice, names, dates or logos to personalise the gift.

Every item that JA Campbell produces is made at the Brentwood workshop up to a standard and not down to a price. The manufacturing process is described below by Master Silversmith John Campbell.

This silver mug is one of only 4 items of hollow ware in the range, the body of which is made by the 'sinking 'method. A very thick blank is held over a hollow chuck on the 'spinning lathe' and with a highly polished ball tool, the centre is 'sunk' into the chuck. This has the effect of thinning the centre, leaving the edge thick where strength and support will be required. After annealing (making red hot to soften the work hardening bowl), the body is drafted onto its pre-section, spinning chuck shape and annealed again. The final 'bellied' shape is obtained by the use of a 'section' chuck; which comes apart in smaller sections to allow passage through the narrow neck of the bellied body. The time taken to produce the body alone is approximately one and a half hours.

Next, the handle and base need to be produced. These are made by the 'lost wax method' where molten wax is injected into rubber moulds. Once solidified, the 'waxes' are invested into Plaster of Paris and when this has set, the wax is melted out and replaced by molten silver. The origin of this process is not new and is believed to have been practised several thousand years ago by earlier civilisations.

After casting, all 3 components are 'dressed' and pre-polished for the final assembly of the mug. Silver solder of hallmarking quality is used to join the 3 components together using a gas and air torch. This is so much easier, stronger, neater and precise than the coke forge which the original silversmith Walter Brind would have used.

Next the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell are punched into the surfaces. Then a visit to the London Assay office housed in Goldsmiths' Hall, where it has been for 600 years. Samples of the 3 components are analysed and if 'up to scratch' the remaining hallmarks are punched into the surface. This is one of the earliest forms of consumer protection.

Upon return to the silversmith's workshop, the slight dents from the hallmarking process are carefully 'planished' down and the mug is ready for polishing. This process -like many of the silversmith processes- has become much easier with the advent of electricity and modern polishing compounds, 4 of which are used to remove firstly, file marks, hammer marks and spinning lines right through to jeweller's rouge, the last of the 4 which imparts that beautiful lustre for which silver is renowned.

Finally the mug is cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaning tank, which removes the polish residues from all nooks and crannies. The total time for the 1pt version is approximately 5 hours. Half pint mug also available. The manufacturing times are lower for this and the spinning techniques slightly different.

From this production description it is obvious the amount of care and attention to detail taken by John and his team of craftsmen. In the event of damage, JA Campbell provide a full repair service. 

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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:

On side of body or underneath

Recommended maximum characters: 120

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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