Vases

One of the most versatile items in the JA Campbell range.

A vase is an ideal present for so many occasions, a birthday, a wedding, an anniversary or as a presentation piece. (Especially if engraved with a suitable message to remind the recipient of the sentiments expressed by family, friends or colleagues).

So many of the items we now sell are requested to be engraved.

A vase can be used in EVERY room in the house or at the office.

It can be used EVERYDAY of the year with either fresh, silk or dried arrangements to suit each season. Or even just look in your garden for inspiration.

On the JA Campbell website we change the pictures of both the silver and the silver & crystal vases to reflect the changing seasons.

Look out for Autumn ones any day now!

20 Medium Autumn med res

We offer two styles of vase, three with crystal bodies and a detachable silver base and three made entirely of sterling silver.

The choice is yours. Browse our website and order online or give us a call at anytime. We like to talk!!!

Improvised Egg Cup

If you think that the egg cup in the picture below is a bit unusual, you are correct.

Egg cup

It is not actually an egg cup (although it works very well as one). It is in fact a Silver Claret Jug component.

It is bad isn’t it when a silversmith has not got a proper egg cup and has to make do! It is a bit like the shoemaker’s children – usually poorly shod.

The good news is I am busy actually making a batch of Silver Claret Jugs – the real thing in which to serve your favourite wine.

 

 

Al fresco is coming

An essential piece of the al fresco summer table is the stylish sterling silver and crystal salad bowl. The sterling silver salad servers seen in action during one of my recent evening meals complement the bowl perfectly. Still in the dining room at the moment- but I have high hopes for some warm summer weather to come soon!!

Salad bowl

You may wish to add other important items such as the sterling silver oil and vinegar set and the sterling silver salt and pepper mills not forgetting a sterling silver and crystal decanter for your chilled Chablis.

Enjoy the summer soon to come!

Silver Alsatian Pendant

We have just completed an unusual job this week, which was actually a piece of jewellery. Not what JA Campbell are known for. The request was from a farmer friend of my son who wanted a little present. It was to be a silver pendant in the form of an Alsatian dog. I knew how to go about it, it was just a case of finding an image and getting it approved by the customer. The image was provided by Monica from R & M Engraving.

The next stage was to select a piece of silver sheet and polish one side and send it to the hand engraver couple, Mike and Freda Keen. Mike engraved the image onto the sheet and Freda (an extremely versatile Dutch lady, she even does sculpture) pierced the Alsatian profile along the line which Mike had engraved. On the collar of the dog was to be the name Lola. All I had to do when the newly pierced dog profile came back was to re-polish it, solder a ring onto the back, fit a silver chain, re-polish finally and place it in the presentation box.

The customer was delighted!

dog-tag

Mahogany Hogget – Customer service!

Today – an unusual job! A regular Australian customer asked if the wooden base on one of our hogget decanters could be made from Mahogany. This one is usually made in Maple wood and is easy to “turn” and is light and modern in colour.

I tried to dissuade him by saying that mahogany is unavailable in the thickness that this base required and that the block would have to be made by laminating several thickness of mahogany together and hence an extra cost. He was not put off and ordered and paid for it there and then.

I glued several layers of mahogany together a few days ago and today did the turning and polishing. I have to admit it does look quite good. Not my taste – but I am not the customer and also I do not have a monopoly on good taste!!!

Hogget Mahog

The moral of this story is all about giving the best customer service possible.

A Different 21st Birthday Present

21st February 2016

A woman phoned yesterday saying that she was on the JA Campbell website and wanted to know the difference between our 2 Claret Jugs – the Chalice JC/137/F and the Grape and Vine JC/137/G

I explained that they were basically the same but with a different handle and different price points. She went on to say that it was her son’s 21st birthday present and asked about the delivery time of the chalice which was the one she preferred and also how to order on the website or over the phone. I said the latter method was the quickest and easiest.

At this stage of the conversation I said that I thought her choice of a Claret Jug was rather nice but unusual as a 21st. She agreed but said that her husband had been given one on his 21st and had enjoyed using it over the years and wanted the same for his son.

I went on  to tell her some of the details of this Claret Jug such as the option to replace the crystal body should anything untoward happen. The addition of a set of cleaning balls with each decanter and so on. Just a few extra touches that JA Campbell provide as a service to customers.

 

Silver Gifts for Ladies

Shopping for gifts for women is not a simple task especially for me. If you are you looking for an unusual gift for a lady, why not give her  something that will last a lifetime and can be personalised with a message and a date to make it a truly memorable present.

Here at JA Campbell we have a huge selection of sterling silverware that you could give to that special lady in your life wether that be your mum, wife, girlfriend, sister or female business associate.

All girls love cocktails, so why not have a look at our sterling silver cocktail sticks (set of 6) they are a fantastic gift for a lady who loves those cocktail hours after a hard day in the office.

However, if you think that the ladies in your life would prefer flowers, but would like to get them something else to go with them then why not have a look at our sterling silver vase. This would look great anywhere in the house; this hand blown English crystal and silver clear vase with a handmade hallmarked sterling silver base could just be what you are looking for.

Silver gifts for ladies never fail to receive a ‘wow’ when presented. Nothing is simpler than to look through this website and find the perfect silver present for any lady – the list is endless at JA Campbell .