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Silver Sugar Sifter - Crystal Body

A handmade hallmarked sterling silver & crystal sugar sifter or dredger, which also can be known as a sugar caster or sugar shaker. From the JA Campbell 'Appetite' collection. It is a joy to use, inside or alfresco and a necessary piece of table theatre. Your friends will love showering their winter puddings or summer fruit ,especially summer strawberries, from this sterling silver and crystal dredger. This could start a revival of the sugar dredger when the movement of Slow Food gathers pace!

You can spoil yourself and buy one for your own use or a special present for someone close. It is also very suitable as a silver wedding present, a silver birthday present, a corporate gift or an incentive gift. It can even be made in gold for the very special golden wedding present. or someone really precious.

As with most JA Campbell products, this item is suitable for engraving to personalize as a gift. The design features and quality in every item made by craftsmen at JA Campbell are unique. In the unlikely event of damage, we provide a repair/replacement 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. This sterling silver and crystal sifter is a pleasure to use today and a great investment to be handed down to future generations.

For people interested in how we produce this sugar sifter, Master Silversmith John Campbell describes how....

Made from 3 components, 2 silver and 1 crystal, the first 2 are made by the spinning method. This is where hollow, round objects are made on a spinning lathe by forcing flat silver blanks over a pre-formed brass or steel chuck. This is a highly skilled process dating back many generations to possibly Roman times. The Mildenhall treasure in the British Museum contains some large round dishes bearing the tell-tale rings on their backs. When I looked again in 2017 the rings had disappeared. Where? possibly changed from or to replicas. The spinning process is most suitable for small production runs of between 1 and 100. Production batches larger than this would be better made by the pressing method. After spinning the 2 components, the next process is to join them by lapping them together. This rolls the edge of the top component over the bottom, locking them together. The next stage is to fit the cap to the crystal, as the diameter of this varies slightly owing to the body being mouth-blown.

At this stage, the article is punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, which are the initials of founder 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 silver at least 92.5% pure, the remaining hallmarks are punched into the surface. This independent hallmarking process began in the 1400's and is one of the world's oldest and most secure forms of consumer protection.

Upon arrival back at our workshop, the hallmarks are examined and 'set', that is to remove any small indentations put in by the punching process. Following this the JA Campbell name punch is applied to the bezel.

The polishing process can now begin: first using coarse compound, moving onto 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. Lastly, it is then suspended in an ultrasonic cleaning tank to remove all the polishing residues, then rinsed dried and packed.

As with most things in life, your silver will need occasional cleaning. This does not need to be a chore and can be quite therapeutic. From as little as a quick wash up, to the occasional buff-up (to remove light tarnish), and an occasional polish using silver cleaner such as Silvo or maybe Goddards. A small item like this should only take 10 minutes to clean. You will wish you had done it weeks earlier when you see how good it looks. Enjoy!

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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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