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Silver Decanter Coaster - Pierced Pattern

A handmade hallmarked sterling silver decanter coaster with a turned mahogany base.  A solid  bead wire is soldered to the top edge for decoration and strength. The sides are pierced with oval, square and diamond shaped holes to add decoration. In years gone by this would have been achieved by using sharp punches. But it progressed to using a piercing saw in the mid 1800s. This is like a fine toothed fret saw and this revolutionised piercing. Today it is done by using a punch and die. The coaster has a silver button in the centre and green baize fabric underneath.

The silver button in the centre is particularly suitable for engraving to mark the occasion and personalize the gift.

Silver coasters make a perfect gift for any occasion, from a birthday to a wedding to a corporate gift or sports award. To compliment this coaster, I recommend a sterling silver bread bowl, or sterling silver candlesticks and a sterling silver cheese stand

JA Campbell silverware falls into two main categories; reproduction and contemporary. The reproduction collection consists of a variety of designs from different periods of history and is part of the JA Campbell 'Classic' range. The 'Appetite' collection consists of a range of matching contemporary items designed by John Campbell.

For those who are interested in how we make this, one size only, pierced decanter coaster which contains six components, the process is as follows. The silver items: silver strip is made for us by Cookson Precious Metal and is pierced in-house with a small punch and die in a press. This is quite time consuming as the punch and die are of the multi-stage type. It punches the diamonds first, followed by the half moons and finally the long slot. This makes up one complete pattern section. Around 80 strikes per coaster length are necessary. The tiny punchings are refined back into new silver sheet.

The now pierced strip is cut to a pattern matched set length, rolled to form a ring, tied with 2 steel wires, fluxed and tack-soldered in its centre part. After cooling, the support wires are removed and the unsoldered seam area is now soldered. The pierced ring is now 'pickled' to remove flux residues. The solder seam is then inspected and dressed. The ring is now fitted onto a chuck on the spinning lathe and the bottom section (where the mahogany base will fit) is 'hooked' out. It is then reversed on the same chuck to have the sides 'planished' with a flat spinning tool and the detail improved.

Next, a measured length of bead wire (again from Cookson Precious Metal) is turned up into a ring and an invisible solder joint is made to make it into a complete ring. The sides of the coaster are now pre-polished and the bead wire ring stretched until it fits the top edge and pressed into place. Then the bead wire is soldered onto the coaster body using a lower temperature solder than was used to join the ring ends. The assembly is now 'pickled' in dilute sulphuric acid to remove flux residues and oxides.

The silver engraving centre button: this is a small silver disc which is first domed in a press and then has a small casting (to hold it into the mahogany base) soldered to the back.

At this stage, the article is punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. It is 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 remaining hallmarks are punched into the surface. This independent hallmarking process began in the 1400s and is one of the world's oldest and most secure forms of consumer protection.

Upon return to the workshop the coaster is now polished inside and out using 4 different grades of compound until it has the high lustre associated with silver. It is punched with the JA Campbell name punch and ultrasonically cleaned.

The mahogany base: these we make ourselves in-house from sawn mahogany planks which we store here for several months to ensure they are completely dry and then plane down to ½" thickness. They are then cut into discs, drilled and fitted onto the lathe and then turned to fit. Decorative lines are turned into the surface. A slot is also turned into the back to hold the baize in place. The base is polished using 2 grades of compound until smooth and shiny. Again on the lathe, the mahogany base is lapped into the now finished coaster by spinning the edge over the wood. The button which has also been polished is pressed into the centre recess and the baize pushed into its slot which tightens its surface. The baize is used to prevent scratches to furniture. Last but not least, the completed coasters are fitted into presentation boxes.

Silver coasters make a perfect gift for any occasion, from a birthday to a wedding to a corporate gift or sports award. To compliment this coaster, I recommend a sterling silver bread bowl, or sterling silver candlesticks and a sterling silver cheese stand

In the unlikely event of damage JA Campbell provide a full 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 completelysatisfied.

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