Silver Decanter & Wine Labels
A collection of handmade hallmarked contemporary sterling silver decanter wine & spirit labels from JA Campbell Silversmiths, which bear the signature double line decoration of the 'Appetite' collection.
Although not an absolute essential these days with bottles so well labelled and branded, however these sterling silver labels engraved with the generic name of the category -Brandy, Claret, Sherry, Port, Whisky, and Vodka are a touch of class, a finer detail, a finishing touch and are sure to provide a talking point and impress your guests.
There are 3 different shapes, the crescent, the lozenge and the round. It is possible to have any name, message or motif engraved as required and also on both sides of the wine label. A nice inexpensive accessory and also collectable which makes an unusual gift idea on which to build.
Decanting wine is a fascinating subject covered in detail on the decanter pages of this web site, but the addition of a sterling silver wine label on the decanter adds a special extra detail that your more discerning guests will appreciate. And if it is the younger generation that you are entertaining then the knowledge that comes from the understanding of fine dining can be passed to them.
Throughout history decanter or wine labels were used to identify the contents of jugs, decanters and bottles. The labels were made primarily from silver but sometimes silver plate, enamel or china. Labels date from about 1735 to the present day with large numbers produced between 1760 and 1860. Because they span several design periods their styles vary considerably.
In the unlikely event of damage the label is best returned to JA Campbell where we have the knowledge and skills to make a lasting repair. You can be assured that all our products are made up to a standard not down to a price. Nothing leaves the Brentwood workshop until Master Silversmith John Campbell is completely satisfied.
For those interested in how we make these labels, all 3 designs are initially blanked from 0.8mm thick sterling silver sheet supplied by Cookson Precious Metals. After blanking, the shapes are first put into a die and the signature lines are pressed into the surface. Next the chain link holes are drilled, and then the labels are slightly curved to fit snugly on a round decanter surface. At this stage they are punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. The labels together with their chains and jump rings are sent to the London Assay Office for testing and hallmarking. This independent hallmarking process began in the 1400's and is one of the oldest and most secure forms of consumer protection.
Firstly small samples of silver are scraped from each and every component and analyzed in the Assay office lab. Providing the result proves positive the remaining hallmarks are then punched into the surface of the silver which is being supported by a steel "stake" to enable deep punching while minimizing denting. The Assay office has hundreds of these stakes all with different curves, sizes and lengths to fit any article. In the case of a new or very different item, the Assay office tool room will make a new one to fit.
Once the item has been returned to the silversmiths workshop it is polished using 4 grades of compound until all the blemishes and small dents from the hallmarking have been removed. Lastly the parts are cleaned ultrasonically and assembled for the last time, packed into specially designed luxury JA Campbell presentation boxes ready for dispatch.
As with most things in life your silver will need occasional cleaning, this does not need to be a chore and can be quite therapeutic. It may need as little as a quick wash up, a 'buff up' to remove light tarnish, and then only the occasional polish using a soft duster and silver cleaner such as Goddards or Silvo.