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Silver Sugar Shaker - Crystal Body

This hallmarked handmade Sterling Silver & Crystal Sugar Shaker also sometimes known as a sugar caster, sugar sifter or sugar dredger, is designed by John Campbell in a contemporary style and made in the JA Campbell workshop in Brentwood England.

As with every item in the JA Campbell range it is made very much up to a standard rather than down to a price. In other words you may find cheaper but you are unlikely to find better. The crystal body, mouth blown by Dartington in Devon England is of the same quality.

This elegant modern shaker can be used for adding sugar to your breakfast cereal at lunch and dinner for sprinkling over desserts or fresh fruits. It is practical both indoors and al fresco. Items like this are fronting the Slow Food movement.

Many people's vision of a silver sugar shaker is that of a complicated piece of Victoriana, difficult to clean and not having a place in their current lifestyle. This design from the 'appetite' collection by JA Campbell gives this shaker a modern twist while still keeping it functional. It is easy to use and clean and fits well into the modern home while also the complimenting the classical one. It is a fantastic talking point at entertaining times and a great piece of theatre. "I actually like to use it when there are just the two of us" says John Campbell (who hates anything cheap and nasty).

Like all JA Campbell products this sugar shaker is a pleasure to use and own. It also makes an unusual present for a loved one, friend or family member. It makes a great silver wedding present and if Gold plated or indeed made from Gold also a Golden Wedding present.

It is highly suitable for personalising with the engraving of a message, a crest, a coat of arms or Yacht logo on either the silver or the crystal.  

Repair: This sugar shaker has a lifelong guarantee covering any manufacturing issues and we also provide a full repair and replacement service should any accidental damage occur.

Maintenance: This sugar shaker can be treated pretty much as any other food container by washing in warm soapy water, rinsing, then drying using a clean tea towel. After a few weeks the silver cap may need a firm buff up with a clean soft duster to remove the early signs of tarnish. This will need to be repeated again in the future, then eventually, the tarnish will become more stubborn and silver polish will be needed. JA Campbell recommend Silvo or Goddards, just follow the instructions on the tin. Lastly remember to clean out any polish residue from the holes using a wooden cocktail stick and give a final rinse and dry.

Enjoy this product during your lifetime and pass on to a future generation to also enjoy with the associated memories.

For people interested in how we make this article a detailed description follows:

This sugar shaker is made by hand in Campbell's Brentwood workshop and comprises of three parts, four if you count the skill element. The push fit sterling silver cap is made in two parts and a crystal body mouth blown by Dartington.

The silver cap is made the same way as most of JA Campbell products using the spinning method. This is an ancient method of producing round hollow objects from sheet material and is often used by other industries, for example catering, for the making of pans and bowls and is also used by the lighting industry for lampshades and fittings. Spinning is best suited for low production runs of up to 50 items. For quantities higher than this stamping is a more economical method.

I believe the Romans may have used this method making the Milden Hall treasure, found in Suffolk England and now housed in the British Museum in London. If you look at the back of the large dishes you cannot help but notice circular lines which are the telltale signs of an article being made on some form of primative lathe.

Spinning is a process whereby a disc of any sheet material is spun over a preformed shape on a lathe using a polished steel burnisher and some oil. Obviously the flat disc tries to buckle and fold and it is the skill of the silversmith to try and stop this happening. The metal will work harden during this process and may need several anneals (to become soft again by making red hot). Once the article fits its former tightly it can be removed from the lathe.

Once the two silver cap components have been spun they are then lapped together, again on the lathe by rolling the outside edge of the upper part over the outside edge of the lower part. This fixes the two parts tightly together into one unit. The fit to the crystal body is then checked, adjusted if necessary and the cap and body numbered for future assembly.

Next the drilling template is placed over the top of the cap and the holes of the decorative flower pattern which allow the caster sugar - never granulated - to escape are drilled and the inside burs removed. It is now time for hallmarking.

The process of hallmarking (so called because it was and still is performed at Goldsmiths Hall which is the Assay Office in London). This is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection in that it is an independent test not influenced by any other body. There are unfortunately still forgeries being made today but only of higher value antiques. I have been led to believe that up to 60% of the works of well known silversmiths for example Paul Lamerie and Hester Bateman are forgeries.

On arrival at the Assay office samples of each component of every product are scraped off and analysed, indeed the term "up to scratch" has its origins in hallmarking. The test must prove that all of the parts are better than 925/1000 pure silver, no minus tolerance is allowed.

Once a positive test is received from the lab the remaining punches are stamped into the surface. Sometimes lasers are used instead of punching. (If a component should ever fail its Assay test after two more samplings the article is deemed to have failed and is subsequently broken and the wreckage returned to the sponsor. This did happen once back in the 70's when we were accidentally supplied with a batch of 900 silver circles destined for an overseas market.

On arrival back at the Silversmiths workshop the marks are are inspected and any dents caused by the punching carefully set. The name punch, JA Campbell London, is then stamped onto the bezel. 

Now the polishing process begins: Using four different grades of compound and on an electric polishing lathe the spinning lines are removed and the article begins to take on the lustre for which silver is renowned. At the end of the polishing process the article is immersed in an ultrasonic cleaning tank to remove all the polishing residues. It is then rinsed in water, dried and packed into the JA Campbell presentation boxes for dispatch.

Like all JA Campbell products this sugar shaker is a pleasure to use and own. It also makes an unusual present for a loved one, friend or family member. It makes a great silver wedding present and if Gold plated or indeed made from Gold also a Golden Wedding present.


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:

on side of silver top or side of crystal body

Recommended maximum characters: 240

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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