This winter we are focusing on British companies that are dedicated to creating quality products, where the process of manufacture is integral to the finished article, and the craft of the maker and skill of workmanship is respected.
The City of London was, from medieval times right up to 19th century, home to many historic guilds and professions, though this has diminished as our lifestyles have changed, but the silversmith remains.
J A Campbell is one of the few companies to still use traditional sterling silversmith methods. A few miles to the east of London in Essex, a dedicated team of silversmiths hand spin, cast, solder and burnish sterling silverware. J A Campbell, or John to us at Condor, has been riding a bicycle for as long as he has been the master silversmith, keeping a watchful eye over his workshops.
For hundreds of years silverware has been a social benchmark, from the grand households to the newly affluent and prosperous business community.
The silver and crystal chalice claret wine jug passes through twenty one individual hand worked operations before many more hours are needed to complete the distinctive design. This is an example of craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail that doesn't just provide a stunning design, but embodies a craft that has been pasted from master silversmith to apprentice since 1300.
This experience is illustrated in each piece that is created by hand and polished to an exacting finish using only the best quality heavy-gauge silver.