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Silver Presentation Dish

A round sterling silver flanged dish, handspun from a heavy gauge of sterling silver. This silver dish is ideal when entertaining, whether it is in the dining room or al fresco. Your friends and family are sure to be impressed, without a doubt, as silver has become a subtle status symbol in recent years. This large silver dish lends itself to a lovely display of fresh strawberries or cherries. If it is near Christmas then why not use it for nuts in shells, oranges and the nutcrackers. Simply enjoy the simplicity of this dish on a dresser or table.

This dish is made from standard silver sheet employing the 'spinning' method. The sheet is made for us by Cookson Precious Metal and starts life as 93% of pure silver ingot mixed with 7%of pure copper and melted in a continuous casting machine producing a billet about 10" wide and 1" thick. This is cut into manageable lengths and rolled to increase the width to 1 metre and the length to produce the final thickness required. They are then cut into 1 metre by 0.5 stock sizes. Next they are packed together (about 20 sheets) into thick steel boxes with a thin dusting of talcum powder between each sheet to prevent them sticking together. Several of these boxes are then packed into a furnace and cooked for around 12 hours at about 705C and allowed to cool. This process softens (anneals) the sheets which through the rolling process have become very hard. The sheets are then removed from the boxes, cleaned and plastic coated.

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 in the making process the item is punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, the full initials of John Campbell. It is then sent to the London Assay Office for testing of each and every component. Only if all the components prove to be better than 92.5% are the remaining hallmarks punched into the surface while being supported on a steel stake. The English hallmarking system is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s. The item is then returned to the silversmith's workshop where it is polished using 4 grades of compound to remove all the spinning lines, file marks, blemishes and also the scrape marks caused by the Assay Office tests. The dishes are then ultrasonically cleaned, punched with the JA Campbell London name mark and packed into fitted presentation boxes for dispatch.

Why not simply indulge yourself with this versatile silver dish. Alternatively as a silver birthday gift for friends or family or as a silver wedding present. If the occasion is a golden wedding then these silver dishes can be gold plated, or even made from gold or platinum for higher value. As a corporate silver gift this dish can presented as an award, as a sporting trophy, silver incentive gift or as a retirement present. For all the above occasions these silver dishes are most suitable for engraving with a message, a logo or even a coat of arms.

This style of dish has had several names in recent years depending on the manufacturer who has reproduced them, for example Armada dish, Harris dish, Drake dish, Campbell dish or Elizabethan dish. The style dates back to the 16th century. The aristocracy and wealthy gentry would have used this style of dish on formal occasions. Some of the larger sizes would be used to serve food and some of the smaller ones upturned and used as lids to keep the food hot. There is a theory that the first Armada dishes were made from New World silver that had been captured from the Spanish treasure ships. It is also thought that they could have been given by Sir Walter Raleigh to Sir Christopher Harris who worked for the Admiralty during the time of the Anglo-Spanish war. (1585 - 1604) Whatever the history these silver dishes make an interesting talking point however you choose to use them and whatever name you give them.

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

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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 flange or in centre

Recommended maximum characters: 500

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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