Silver Stirrer - Highball Glasses
A sterling silver, highball drinks mixer with twisted silver wire stem and a disc blade. The disc has the double turned line Campbell signature decoration and terminates with a silver ball finial. The twisting of the silver has the effect of hardening the stem to minimize accidental bending whilst also enhancing the decoration. For anyone wanting to increase the value of this item we can also make it in carat golds or platinum.
The manufacturing process is described below. It is the same for both the highball drinks stirrer and the juice jug stirrer, the only difference being the length of the stem. They consist of 3 components; the round disc/paddle, the twisted stem and ball finial.
The round disc is punched from silver sheet which is made by our supplier Cookson Precious Metal. On arrival, it is held in the lathe and a pair of decorative lines turned into the surface. As with all our silver, it is the UK standard, 925 or sterling silver as it is known and is an alloy of silver and copper (92.5% pure silver and 7.5% pure copper) The addition of copper is not to cheat but to harden, for without the copper addition the pure silver would be too soft to be practical. If one held a piece of pure silver and a piece of standard silver and bent them both, it would be very obvious which was the harder.
The twisted wire stem: this comes to us again from Cookson as straight and is twisted in-house in long lengths to a specified twists-per-inch. This twisting also has a hardening and strengthening effect. The wire is cut to the appropriate length for the item being made.
The silver hollow ball finial is also supplied by Cookson.
Assembly: first the stem is soldered to the ball finial and then to the flat disc/paddle.
At this stage, the article is punched with the makers 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 arrival back at our workshop, the hallmarks are inspected and 'set', that is to remove the dents put in by the punching process. Following this, the JA Campbell name punch is applied to the disc and the polishing process begins. Using 4 different grades of compound, the item is polished to the high lustre for which silver is known. It is then ultrasonically cleaned, dried and packed into presentation boxes.
A simple but effective silver mixer that shows how sterling silver can be used and enjoyed every day. Silver does not have to be expensive. Start your silver collection with small items and add to it each year. The ideal partner to this silver mixer is the JA Campbell Highball glass with silver base.
So many drinks have more than one ingredient and need a stir to improve the mix. This silver drinks mixer is an ideal length for the silver based highball glass. Which itself is part of the 'Appetite' collection. The mixer will sit in the glass so that you can revitalize your drink with the occasional stir. As a silver present, this drinks mixer is easily affordable for any occasion from a birthday, wedding, anniversary, corporate or silver incentive gift. The silver disc at the top is an ideal place to engrave initials or a name or a date to personalize the gift.
A wash and buff with a clean yellow duster is all that is needed to remove the first signs of tarnish. This will work two or three times before the tarnish becomes more noticeable. You will then need to apply one of the branded silver polishes on the market such as Goddards
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 completely satisfied.
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:On disc
Recommended maximum characters: 40
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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