Silver Tea Strainer - James Style
JA Campbell Silversmiths makes three different styles of tea strainers
This handmade hallmarked sterling silver James style tea strainer with silver drip cup is part of the 'Classic' collection of JA Campbell Silversmiths. It is handmade in our Brentwood workshop by a team of craftsmen led by Master Silversmith John Campbell. The silver strainer is beautifully balanced and has a turned ballista maple handle which is a delight to hold.
Drinking tea, afternoon tea, traditional English occasions which you can turn into a celebration by using English sterling silver. If you take your tea seriously, this silver tea strainer is essential. Add a silver teapot, silver sugar basin, 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 J A Campbell 'Appetite' collection and your afternoon tea table will nearly be complete.
Also part of the same collection is a silver tea caddy and caddy spoon and to serve the tea, using loose leaves of course, this tea strainer. All you need now are your guests!
An English, handmade, silver tea set will delight you and be a wonderful traditional set to pass from generation to generation. Queen Victoria is said to have preferred her tea from a silver pot, so the tradition is a royal one!
The design features and quality in every item made by craftsmen at JA Campbell are unique. For those interested in how the product is made, a brief description follows.
It is made from 5 main components; the drip cup body, the drip cup foot, the main strainer body, a turned wooden handle and a handle socket. The first 2 components are spun using the metal spinning technique. These 2 parts are then soldered together using easy silver solder. The sub assembly is then pickled in dilute sulphuric acid to remove oxides and flux residues. A slot is then cut into the top edge to allow the handle to sit down snuggly. The main, perforated, strainer blank is spun onto a preformed, brass, spinning chuck using the metal spinning method. This blank has been perforated with a decorative pattern of holes using a photo etch method. This component now has its top edge rolled around on itself to form a hollow wire which will strengthen and support. Next, the handle socket is cut and soldered on to the main strainer body. The final item to be made is the wooden handle. This is hand turned from maple wood. It is then polished using 2 grades of compound and glued into the strainer handle socket.
The strainer is now punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle. These are the initials and registered design at the Assay offices for John Campbell. It is now sent to the London Assay Office where a small sample is scraped off each and every part and tested (assayed).Provided the results from the laboratory prove more than 925% pure silver, the remaining hallmarks are applied. This is probably one of the earliest forms of consumer protection which has survived to the present day and dates back to the 1400s. For information, the term 'up to scratch' is an ancient, precious metal term.
The strainer is now ready for polishing, a more important process than it would at first appear, as it is the first detailed inspection to follow the making processes. If any imperfections are found, they are polished out if possible and if not, returned to the silversmiths for correction. The polishing process itself uses 4 different grades of compound and on average removes 4% of the weight of the article. After the last operation, the strainer is ultrasonically cleaned, rinsed, dried and packed into luxury presentation boxes for dispatch.
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. This sterling silver tea strainer is a pleasure to use today and a great investment to be handed down to future generations.