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Sterling Silver Bellied Beaker, Dutch Style

Sterling Silver beaker, a reproduction from around the 1700’s in the Flemish or Dutch style from the JA Campbell Classic Collection.

This beaker although having many possible uses is an ideal Christening gift that can be personalised with engraving of your choice. A name or initial and a date will be a sufficent for a Christening. A crest or coat of arms, logo or ship's name or even a picture of your choice. Straightforward lettering can be composed and priced following the first step in the checkout process. For the other options please give John or Colin a ring.

Silver made up to a standard and not down to a price. Enjoy now and eventually pass onto a future generation. You can be assured that nothing leaves the workshop until either Colin or John are completely satisfied.

This is quite a slow item to make, produce and is made using the spinning method. Any temptation on behalf of the spinner to short cut will probably result in the edge cracking badly and make successful completion impossible. The reason for this difficulty is that the material used to spin this beaker is a large silver disc which needs to be converted into a long cylindrical hollow object having a much reduced mouth circumference.

Spinning in general is a method of producing hollow sheet made objects in relatively small quantities. Kitchen, cooking utensils and lamp shades are often made by this method.

Using a lathe (rather like a heavy duty wood turning lathe) a former or chuck as it is known can be made from a variety of materials from wood or hardened steel for larger quantities. A metal disc is clamped to it and while it rotates (spins) the spinner coaxes the disc over it using a polished steel burnisher connected into a long wooden handle. In the case of this beaker many interim stages will need to be employed to support the edge and stop it cracking through fatigue. Some 20 stages and several anneals (making red hot) will be needed prior to the last but one stage, the section chuck. This chuck comes to pieces to allow the sections to pass through the smaller neck. Finally the hollow edge wire is formed. This will strengthen and decorate the edge.

The beaker is now ready to have the makers mark punched on to it and then to go to the London Assay office for metal testing and for hallmarks to be applied.

The method today is for small articles to be x-rayed and analysed to ensure the silver is of the required standard which in the case of sterling silver is 925 parts pure silver, the remaining 75 parts (taking the total to 1000) being copper, a necessary ingredient to harden the otherwise too soft pure silver.  Once the purity has proved positive the hallmarks are either punched into the surface or burnt in using a laser.

The tradition and historic deterrent used by the Assay Office to stop fraud attempts is to smash the article and return the article to the sender. I have actually experienced this on a couple of occasions, the first when I was a young apprentice when a secondhand, unhallmarked, probably foreign figurine was sent in for hallmarking. It was found to be substandard but thankfully the office allowed the temporary release for mould making and subsequent recasting before breaking the original. The second occasion was when a batch of silver circles which had been spun into decanter tops was found to be the German standard which was 800 alloy at that time. A mistake on the part of my supplier.

To continue with the completion of the beaker, upon return from hallmarking the punch marks are inspected and set. Then polishing takes place using four grades of compound before gold plating inside and then finally being packing into the distinctive white and mauve JA Campbell presentation boxes.


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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:

Around outside of body or underneath

Recommended maximum characters: 180

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.

Compose your personal engraving message after adding this product to your basket.

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