The JA Campbell Silversmiths story
A unique factor about JA Campbell Silversmiths is that we are one of the few companies in England using traditional sterling silversmiths methods.
The City of London has for hundreds of years been one of the world’s great silverware making centers. Sterling silver is unique among the decorative arts as the raw material is both inherently valuable and infinitely reusable. Silver tableware continues to project a reassuring ambience of understated elegance and overtime the mellowing of the silver creates a soft rich patina that adds depth and character to each piece.
For hundreds of years silverware has been a social benchmark, from the grand households to the newly affluent and prosperous business community. Silverware is also the ideal luxury gift for births, weddings and anniversaries.
The English Sterling Silver Hallmark was first mentioned in 1300 when the Leopard’s Head or ‘King’s Mark’ was specified as evidence that the worked silver was up to sterling (coinage) standard and in 1363 the Makers Mark was introduced where each Master Silver and Goldsmith had their own mark.
The policing by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths was taken a stage further in 1478 when the marking of all wears by date letter was introduced, the basis of this standard is still used to this day.
JA Campbell carries on the traditions of this noble craft of luxury silverware making at our workshops in Brentwood just outside the City of London boundary. Here a dedicated team of silversmiths hand spin, cast, solder and burnish sterling silverware under the watchful eye of Master Silversmith, owner and founder of the business, John Campbell.
We have over 122 years of silverware experience, and this experience is illustrated in each unique piece we create, handmade and polished to an exacting finish. Only the best quality heavy-gauge silver is used.
As an example of this craftmanship and painstaking attention to detail, the handle of the best selling Silver & Crystal Chalice Claret Wine Jug goes through 21 individual hand worked operations over many hours. Many more hours are needed to complete the final distinctive design before it is ready to be shipped.
Over the past century many manufacturing skills have been lost never to be replaced, but it is reassuring that the art of the silversmith is alive and well at JA Campbell. We hope you will enjoy viewing our crystal & luxury silverware collections as much we have in creating them.