Put your money in Silver Tableware

With all the current global uncertainty around investments, stocks and shares, and the property market in general, where is it possible to put savings and be sure they are relatively safe?

Why not consider investing your hard earned cash in silver. Not only is your money safer, but it will give you and your family an immense amount of pleasure. Being made of a precious metal your silver article will always have an intrinsic value (unlike the new car) and therefore will always be worth something. As a worse case scenario, you could always sell the item for scrap if you wished to dispose of it in the future. However, it rarely comes to that, as someone will usually buy it from you. When I entered the trade, aged 16, the price of silver was 4 shillings and 6 pence per ounce. Yesterday it was £7.30. Some increase!

When you have that special family occasion or close friends to your home for a meal they will be amazed at the table you have set and the ambiance created by handmade silver tableware, you may even  become a trend setter among your friends who have yet to discover the joys of owning Silver tableware.

If you are not yet convinced, why not start collecting in a modest way with, say, a pair of silver candlesticks,  J.A.Campbell make contemporary ones and antique reproduction ones. You could then add a pair of salt and pepper grinders at a later date, followed by my favourite, a handsome silver and crystal claret jug. This would be quite a modest start which I am certain you would like to expand on in the not too distant future.

Most of my production is now made from a tarnish resistant 925 silver alloy and hardly ever needs polishing, just a wash when you have finished using it, in the same way as your ordinary utensils.

Being fairly low key, it is less likely to attract the attention of the tax man on the stealth taxes like inheritance and capital gains.

Silver Finish – Too Bright??

I feel I am getting a bit long in the tooth (66 next birthday) for coming up with “new” ideas but they still keep coming thick and fast and sometimes I could kick myself for not thing of them earlier. It dawned on me last week when my son, Colin, brought a batch of silver pepper mills out from the polishing shop for final assembly that I really liked the finish they had on them. This was one stage short of the final “mirror” finish which all of our production, and that of many other manufacturers, is normally taken up to. These mills were bright, but not too bright.

I believe that this “mirror ” finish is a major turn off to prospective consumers. In the workshop we handle finished work with soft cloths or soft gloves , and in the retail shop they frequently do the same.

What message does this send to the prospective consumer? This piece is too good to touch? It may spoil if you touch it? Its a solid silver candle stick!!  meant for using, enjoying, and showing to your friends. This isn’t going happen if they are put off from buying it in the first place.

Most owners of nice things like to give them a little caress from time to time, feel the shape, admire the style. I have just finished making a batch of silver cocktail shakers, (they are not hall marked or polished yet)  I had to give each one a little caress before putting them into the safe. They did feel like a quality product. I am proud of them.

What I propose to do is from March 2009 is to finish all our products with the Campbell Finish. Subsequent cleaning and polishing by consumers over the years will maintain this finish till time immemorial. 

N.B. Most J.A.Campbell products are now produced using a Tarnish resistant silver alloy needing much less polishing.

I would be interested to hear your comments on my proposals and how you handle your silver

John Campbell

Designer and Master Silversmith