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Silver Vegetable Tureen & Cover

A handmade hallmarked sterling silver vegetable tureen with cover. The tureen has a fine bone china liner to protect the silver from corrosion. Both are part of the contemporary matching 'Appetite' collection by JA Campbell Silversmiths. The vegetable tureen lends itself to hot or cold vegetables and why not try using it to serve your favourite pasta dish? The possibilities are endless.

The main silver collections at JA Campbell are centred around fine dining and enjoying the pleasure that owning and using silver can give to you, to friends and family. Entertaining at home is one of the finer things in life that should be enjoyed and celebrated. Everything JA Campbell produces can be guaranteed to give the 'wow' factor when seen on the table or when received as a gift, whatever the occasion. Silver has become a subtle status symbol in recent years. In addition, the sterling silver tureen and ladle can be engraved to personalise the gift.

A sterling silver vegetable tureen is an ideal gift for a wedding, an anniversary, a birthday or simply for yourself. If the occasion is a golden wedding, then both pieces can be gold plated or even made in gold. To delight, not just please, is the aim of Master Silversmith John Campbell, whenever a piece of handmade sterling silver leaves his workshop. The design features and quality in every item made by craftsmen at JA Campbell are unique.

For those interested in how we make this covered vegetable tureen a brief description follows; the body and cover are 4 'spinnings', the china liner a bought-in item.

'Spinning' method; it is easier to demonstrate this process than to try and explain. It is sometimes likened to throwing clay on a potter's wheel but horizontally not vertically. It is an ancient method of producing round hollow objects from sheet material using a metal 'spinning' lathe. This looks similar to a heavy-duty, wood-turning lathe. Its use is still practical today for small to medium production runs which are typical of the silversmith. Kitchen utensils and, before plastic, photographic accessories were often made this way. A solid, male former/model known as a 'chuck' is made on the lathe. This can be removed and used again at a later date. A disc of metal -in this case silver- is clamped to the chuck with the back centre and while the assembly is spinning, it is coaxed over the chuck using a spinning tool. This tool is often made by the craftsman himself during his apprenticeship. It is a highly polished hardened steel burnisher with a rounded, pointed side and a flat side. Using left and right strokes, a wooden stick (known as a back stick) and lubricant, the silver is forced over the chuck. Articles with a greater depth-to-diameter ratio will need several 'anneals' (that is to make red hot) in order to soften the metal before the article reaches completion. The finished article is then trimmed whilst rotating, with a sharp, hand-held turning tool. Once all the 4 spinnings are complete, the finial (in 2 parts) is lapped together and its lap soldered to make it water-tight. It is then soldered onto the cover to make a complete unit.

Lost wax casting: the handle lugs are constructed this way. From a handmade, brass master pattern, a rubber mould is made and into this mould molten wax is injected. Once the wax has cooled and solidified, the wax lugs are removed. They are placed together onto a central wax stem. It is covered with an open-ended steel tube called a flask and filled with liquid Plaster of Paris. Once the plaster has set, the assembly is heated and the wax melted out. The temperature is then raised to around 1200 degrees C to completely burn out any remaining wax. Silver is then poured into the recess aided by a centrifuge. Once cooled down to around 200 degrees C, the flask is plunged into cold water, making the plaster disintegrate and allowing the removal of the castings.  The cast 'tree' (as it often resembles a tree, its castings looking like branches and stem looking like a trunk,) is water blasted to remove any remaining plaster, pickled in sulphuric acid, rinsed and dried. The castings are then cut free from the stem which is melted again for the next cast.

Silversmithing: when all the partly made components have been completed, they are punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the full initials of John Campbell. They are then taken to the London Assay Office for testing of each and every component. Only if all the components prove to be better than 92.5% pure silver are the remaining hallmarks punched into the surface while being supported on a steel stake.  The English hallmarking system is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s.

On return to the workshop, the hallmarks are set to remove the slight denting caused by the hallmarking process and the ladle is 'fettled' and 'linished'. It is passed to the polishing shop where Colin and his team, using 4 different grades of compound, polish each one to the brightness associated with silver. Ultrasonic cleaning takes place, the item is then rinsed and inspected. Finally the tureen, lid and liner are packed into fitted presentation boxes for stock or dispatch.

In the unlikely event of damage, we provide a full 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. Choose silver for pleasure, as an investment or as a treasured heirloom to pass from generation to generation. Remember silver improves with use.

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