Silver Golf Place Card Holders
These Hallmarked Sterling Silver Golf Place Card Holders are made by hand in Brentwood, England by Master Silversmith John Campbell. They were designed in the classical style and are only available on the JA Campbell website.
The price shown is for a boxed set of six. Also available in quantities from 2 to 12. Please call for price and availability.
A great gift for the golfer, these are sure to create a wow. For other golf related presents such as a decanter or letter opener have a look on the JA Campbell Website. An interesting accessory for the extra special gathering at dinner or lunch these place card holders are sure to evoke comment.
A great gift or something nice to own and use yourself they can also be engraved with a short message, crest, logo or your choice. If you wish they can also be made in carat gold or platinum - prices on application.
With the UK being the birth place of golf this is a very fitting item.
In the unlikely event of accidental damage we provide a full repair and refurbishment service. You can be assured that nothing leaves us until Master Silversmith John Campbell is completely satisfied. Our motto is “Made up to a standard not down to a price”.
Enjoy now and pass on to a future generation.
For those interested in how we make these place card holders a brief description follows.
From the initial design a master pattern is needed to cast the main component. This is the swinging golfer centered in a scalloped border. A small sheet of brass was given to our engraver along with the drawing. Firstly he drew the image onto the brass sheet, then hand engraved the scene and then proceeded to pierce out the detail using a piercing saw. This is a very fine toothed saw and a relatively recent invention about 150 years ago.
The finished pattern upon return to the silversmith then has “sprues” attached for casting. These will provide the channels through which the molten silver will flow. It is then silver plated to stop it sticking into the vulcanized rubber mould.
Next the rubber mould is cut apart and the pattern removed, then molten wax is injected into the opening, cooled and when solidified, removed. Once a quantity of the wax golfers have been produced they are attached to a wax upright stem called very appropriately a tree. This is then covered with a stainless steel tube and filled with liquid plaster of Paris. Next is where the lost wax process gets its name. Once the plaster has solidified and dried it is placed in a furnace and the wax melted out obviously leaving the perfect voids inside just waiting to be refilled with molten silver.
Not quite yet though. This plaster filled tube is then heated some more to around 1500 C this is to burn out all the remaining traces of the wax. If this is not done the resulting castings will be filled with gas holes resulting in a porous casting.
This “can” as it is known is then allowed to cool to about 600C and placed in a centrifugal casting machine to have the molten silver spun into it. After the final casting process the can is allowed to cool to around 200C and then it is plunged into cold water where the plaster spits and sizzles and disintegrates allowing the silver cast tree to emerge. This is then pickled to remove all traces of oxide and plaster and then the golfers are cut off using wire cutters.
Then to the silversmith: These place card holders are made from four main components, one a silver disc, two the lost wax casting previous described, three a length of round wire and four a good helping of skill.
Firstly the casting sprues are cut off and the casting filed and polished smooth. Next the round wire is cut to length and bent around a preformed jig into a horseshoe like shape then it is hard silver soldered to the casting in two places.
At this half made stage the article is sent to the London Assay Office for testing and subsequent hallmarking. This is an ancient and totally independent testing and marking system totally outside the control or influence of the trade silversmith. It is an early and excellent form of consumer protection. All articles and parts must be on or better than 925 parts out of 1000 no minus tolerance is allowed and if all is ok the hallmarks are punched into the surface. NB: the term hallmark has become a general term for denoting quality.
Precious metal suppliers aim for an alloy of 928 to minimize the risk of failures at the hallmarking stage. The remaining part of the alloy is copper and it is added not to cheapen but to harden the alloy for without this copper content articles will be too soft to be of practical use.
Upon successful hallmarking the article is returned to the silversmiths workshop here we check the marks and set them if dents have occurred and then apply the “JAC London” punch. The golfer/wire assembly is then attached to the disc bearing the hallmark using easy silver solder. This melts at a slightly lower temperature so as not to re-melt the previous hard soldering. In our soldering process we pass the natural gas through a gas fluxing unit which coats the article during its red hot soldering stage therefore preventing the copper content of the alloy from oxidizing and taking on fire stain. This is an unsightly purple stain which would otherwise need to be polished out or silver plated over - both of which are unnecessary.
The now complete assembly is pickled in dilute sulphuric acid, rinsed and dried. Last but not least the article is passed to the polishing shop where it is polished again using four grades of compound until it shines like a mirror. It is then washed in an ultrasonic cleaning bath, rinsed, dried and packed into the luxury gift boxes.