Since the reign of Charles II, circa 1660, they have been very popular drinking cups. They have often been used in travelling sets, in canteens and before that on board ships, as they rock but do not fall over. This is where the modern glass 'tumbler'( which doesn't tumble) gets its name from. It is quite an interesting sight to see and hear a waiter carrying a full of these silver tumbler cups and to listen to them chinking against each other. Or so I am told!
The silver tumbler cups are part of the JA Campbell '' collection. They are ideally suited for engraving with names, a date or a message of your choice to personalize the silver gift.
For those interested in how we make our tumbler cups, the process is the same for all 3 sizes. First they must all have the unique feature that all tumbler cups have and that is when pulled over on to their sides, they must right themselves without assistance i.e; they must tumble. This is the origin of the modern day tumbler. To do this they must have more weight in the base than the sides. We take an over thick silver disc (1.3mm) and use the 'spinning' method. This is a way of constructing round, hollow objects from sheet metal, in this case silver. Although ancient this method is still suitable today for small production runs. The machine used is a spinning lathe which has a former (of the object to be made) screwed onto the head stock mandrill. It is made of wood for one off designs and brass for longer product runs through to hardened steel for even longer production runs.
These tumbler cups are handmade sterling silver and gold plated inside. They are thicker at the base so they rock but do not fall over. They are made from heavy gauge, hallmarked sterling silver and produced in our Brentwood workshop. First price shown is for the small size, these can also be made from carat golds or platinum to elevate the value.