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Silver Sugar Basin

This handmade hallmarked sterling silver sugar basin is part of a matching tea & coffee set from the 'Appetite' collection of JA Campbell Silversmiths. An English tea set, handmade in our Brentwood workshop by Master Silversmith John Campbell, son Colin and his team of craftsmen. This basin is also ideal for use at other times of the day, for example when an after dinner dessert needs that little sprinkle of sugar to finish it off.

Drinking tea, afternoon tea, are traditional English occasions which you can turn into a celebration by using English sterling silver. If you take your tea seriously, this silver sugar basin is essential. Add a silver teapot, a silver milk jug, a silver cake stand for the freshly made scones, a silver preserve bowl for the homemade strawberry jam and a sterling silver butter dish. Use the large silver salver from the JA Campbell 'Appetite' collection and your afternoon tea table will nearly be complete. Also part of the same collection are a silver tea caddy, a caddy spoon and a tea strainer. All you need now are your guests! Silver has become a subtle status symbol in recent years.

An English handmade silver tea set will delight you and be a wonderful traditional heirloom to pass from generation to generation. Queen Victoria is said to have preferred her tea from a silver pot, so the tradition is quite a royal one!

The design features and quality in every item made by craftsmen at JA Campbell are unique.

For those interested in how we make this sugar bowl, a brief description follows. It contains 2 components; a body and a base. These components are constructed using the 'spinning' method. This is a process of forming hollow objects from sheet metal and is an old process which is still used today for small to medium size production runs. It is also good for one-off or prototypes. Other industries also use this method. You will often find lampshades and cooking utensils made this way. This technique takes place on a metal spinning lathe, rather like a heavy duty wood-turning lathe. It involves making a former or 'chuck' as it is known and 'wrapping' a disc of metal (in this case silver) around it. The spinner uses a highly polished steel burnisher held in a long wooden handle and lots of lubricant. He tucks the handle under his arm and uses his body weight to move the disc. As you can imagine, the disc tries to buckle and fold as it comes off the flat plane to form a vessel and it is the skill of the silversmith to prevent this happening. He traps the edge of the disc between the spinning tool and a piece of wood known as a 'back stick'. Once the blank is fully on the chuck, it is trimmed to size. After the 2 body components have been 'spun', they are soldered together using easy silver solder flux and a gas and air blow torch. After cooling, it is 'pickled' in dilute sulphuric acid to remove flux and oxide residues. The natural gas passing through torches goes through a gas fluxing unit which blows flux onto the article and protects it from 'fire stain', caused when the copper in the standard silver alloy is allowed to oxidise.

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 arrival back at our workshop, the hallmarks are inspected and 'set', that is, to remove the slight dents put in by the punching process. Following this, the JA Campbell name punch is applied to the base and the polishing process begins. First using coarse compound on the inside and outside, moving up to medium and lastly a fine compound until the high polish associated with silver is achieved. Four grades are used and around 20 different operations employed. This process can remove up to 6% of the silver. These residues are then reprocessed and reused. The sugar basin is finally ultrasonically cleaned and dried before being carefully packed into fitted presentation boxes.

In the unlikely event of damage we 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 John and Colin Campbell are 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:

On side of body or base

Recommended maximum characters: 120

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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