This sterling silver baby bowl is ideal to use and in which to enjoy their first breakfast or perhaps dinner or even dessert. It is so versatile! Decorated with moon and stars motif, the bowl is a sensible size and depth to use during those early years. Add a matching cereal spoon to complete the set, just the right size for a baby’s mouth. Silver is ideal as a baptism present, christening gift or general bay gift and is known for its health properties.
How it is made
A description of our manufacturing process is given by John Campbell.
The cereal bowl is made by the "spinning" method. This is a rather low tech but highly skilled way of producing round, hollow objects in relatively small quantities. Firstly a solid male chuck is made and a disc (in this case silver) is wrapped over it, using a polished steel burnisher while it is spinning on a lathe. Lamp shades and cooking utensils are often made by this method.
The spoon is blanked from a thick silver sheet and then the bowl area is cross-rolled to reduce the thickness and enlarge that section. The blank is then placed into a top and bottom steel die and struck to press the pattern onto the handle. The bowl is then formed using a male and female punch and die. Next the "flash" (excess material) is removed from around the outside and the spoon is bent to its final shape.
At this stage in the making process, the items then make the journey to the London Assay Office where all the components are scraped and tested to ensure they contain more than 92.5% silver. When a positive result is confirmed by the laboratory, the hallmark symbols are burnt into the surface of the silver using a laser.
Upon return to the silversmith's workshop, the bowl and spoon are polished using an electric polishing lathe and 4 grades of compound until they are bright and all the blemishes removed. At this stage, the moon and stars symbols are sand-blasted around the rim of the bowl and onto the handle of the spoon. They are finally repolished, cleaned and packed into the luxury green satin-lined "Over the Moon" presentation boxes.