The sterling silver rattle was the first item designed in the collection. In common with the whole range it has an amusing moon and stars decoration on the sterling silver ball and the handle is in the style of ivory. The lovely tinkling sound when the rattle is shaken will delight both your baby and yourself. Most suited as a silver gift for babies on the occasion of a birthday, christening or baptism, not forgetting the health benefits of silver.
How it is made
The main rattle body is a sphere with a handle socket and handle. The sphere is made by the spinning method in 2 halves, lapped together in the centre. 'Spinning' is just as it sounds and is a technique of producing round, hollow objects in relatively small quantities on a spinning lathe. The silversmith wraps a flat silver disc around a preformed shape called a "chuck" while it is spinning around and using a burnisher or spinning tool (which is highly polished steel with a long wooden handle), uses this to force the silver onto the chuck. The making process is paused at this stage and the item punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. Then follows a visit to the London Assay Office where the silver components are scraped and samples analysed. Providing a positive result is obtained from the laboratory, the remaining hallmarks along with the 'Over the Moon' logo are burned into the surface of the silver using a laser.
The making process continues when the rattle returns to Campbell's workshop where it is finally polished using 4 grades of polishing compound. The silver beads are put inside and the handle glued in place. After a final check, the rattle is placed into its unusual green, satin-lined presentation box.