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Silver James II Wine Goblet

This sterling silver James-style goblet will grace any type of home, from a classic 'olde worlde' to a more contemporary one. It is a joy to use, being a piece of handcrafted work of lasting value (in contrast to some of today's landfill production). It is a treasure to pass on to future generations and will make a great talking point at the dinner table, silver having become a subtle status symbol in recent years. For those wanting a higher intrinsic value then these can also be made in carat gold or platinum.

Price is for a single goblet.

I had been sceptical of mixing old with new until I saw an exhibition, many years ago, by contemporary silversmith Stuart Devlin where his minimalistic range was displayed on antique furniture in a Bond Street retailer. It looked great!

The method of production is an interesting one, making 4 main components in sterling silver; the bowl, then a reinforcing plate, a cast stem and finally the base.

Today's silversmith buys readymade silver sheet from a bullion dealer. (In yester-year and before the invention of rolling mills, the silversmith had to alloy the copper and silver, cast his own block and then with hammers on an iron teast, beat it flat into a sheet.) He then cuts the several silver discs for all the components (except the stem) and proceeds to spin the bowl part of the goblet. This has to be done in several stages. Upon completion of the bowl, a small thick disc about the size of a 1p coin is domed and soldered to the underside of the bowl. This is to strengthen the area where the stem will attach and stop damage occurring.

The next component is the cast stem. This is cast using the 'lost wax' method. This is an ancient method which has been somewhat modernised. From a master pattern, a rubber mould is made and molten wax injected into it. These waxes are then assembled on to a wax 'tree'. A steel tube known as a flask is placed over this and filled with Plaster of Paris. Once set, the flask is heated to remove the wax. It is then heated still further to burn off the remaining wax residues and a measured amount of molten silver poured in aided by a centrifuge. Once the flask has cooled down, it is plunged into cold water, making the plaster disintegrate and allowing the removal of the silver 'tree'. The castings then can be cut from the tree.

The cast goblet stem is soldered to the sub assembly components 1 and 2. Last is the silversmithing process in the base which is also by the spinning process. The base is then soldered to sub assembly 1-2-3 to make the finished but unpolished and unhallmarked goblet. At this stage, it has a flat milky-coloured surface which is the pure silver at the surface of the metal . Next it is punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. Then comes a visit to the London Assay office in Goldsmiths' Hall in London where each of the 4 components are tested. If the results are positive, the remaining hallmarks are punched into the surface in a position of the silversmiths choosing. Upon returning to the silversmith's workshop, the small dents (caused by the punching of the hallmark) are removed. The piece is finally polished using 4 grades of abrasive, terminating in jeweller quality rouge which imparts the final lustre. The inside of the goblet bowl is gold-plated which eliminates any chance of a slight coppery taste being experienced which may happen without this guilding.

This silver goblet will enhance any table and the soft glow of candlelight on silver is something not to be missed. One silver present idea is to buy a boxed pair and have them engraved to mark the occasion; a wedding, or a special anniversary perhaps. These silver James-style goblets can be passed from generation to generation and treasured by everyone who uses them. As an example of this is that my current landlord had a pair bought for him and his wife for their wedding present which they use regularly.

In the unlikely event of damage, JA Campbell provide a full repair service.  You can be assured that all ourproducts are made up to a standard, not down to a price. Nothing leaves the Brentwood workshop until Master Silversmith John Campbell is completely satisfied.

Price is for a single goblet.

Engraving example image

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 bowl or base

Recommended maximum characters: 250

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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