Taking their first drink from a sterling silver beaker is a big step and what will also delight your baby is looking at the amusing moon and stars motif on the sides of this sensibly-sized sterling silver beaker. Sterling silver is ideal as a christening gift, baptism gift or general baby gift. Is known to possess health properties.
How it is made
We start by employing the spinning method which is an old method of producing hollow objects in relatively small quantities on a lathe. In olden times, the lathe would have been a treadle bow type which revolved clockwise and then anti clockwise. Today it is powered by an electric motor. A silver disc is wrapped around a pre-formed chuck while the lathe is spinning and using a burnisher (a highly polished steel tool with a long wooden handle) to move the material. This is quite difficult as the flat silver disc tries to buckle as it moves off the flat and the skill of the silversmith is to stop this happening. Several anneals (making the material soft by heating to red hot) are necessary as the silver work hardens. It takes 6 spinning operations before the beaker is finished.
Next the item is punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. It then takes a trip to the London Assay Office where the beaker is scraped and the sample tested to ensure it is more than 92.5% pure silver. After a positive result, the remaining hallmarks are laser burned into the surface.
Upon return to the silversmith's workshop, the silver beaker is polished using 4 different grades of compound. It is then decorated with the moon and star motifs and finally packed into the unusual presentation boxes for dispatch.