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Silver Mounted Decanter - Chateauneuf

The Chateauneuf decanter is pure crystal and it has an elegant hallmarked sterling silver collar which is handmade in our Brentwood workshop. This is part of the JA Campbell contemporary 'Appetite' collection. Consider also as an addition the silver coaster.

We provide a repair or replacement service if any damage should occur.

Website sales only. Silver & crystal decanters and claret jugs by JA Campbell will be supplied with a stain removing kit for the interior of the crystal body, from August 2014. This easy to use accessory uses no compounds other than washing up water.

The kit contains polished stainless steel balls which can be used repeatedly. The results are excellent. The crystal sparkles again like new.

All of the decanter tops in the JA Campbell range are made by the 'spinning' method although each model is different in size and shape. The silver sheet required is made for us by Cookson Precious Metal and starts life as 93% of pure silver ingot mixed with 7% of pure copper and melted in a continuous casting machine producing a billet about 10" wide and 1" thick. This is cut into manageable lengths and rolled to increase the width to 1 metre and the length to produce the final thickness required. They are then cut into 1 metre by 0.5 stock sizes. Next they are packed together (about 20 sheets) into thick steel boxes with a thin dusting of talcum powder between each sheet to prevent them fusing together. Several of these boxes are then packed into a furnace and cooked for around 12 hours at about 620C and allowed to cool. This process softens (anneals) the sheets which - through the rolling process - have become very hard. The sheets are then removed from the boxes, cleaned and plastic coated.

Spinning is an ancient method that is still suitable today for the making of round, hollow objects from sheet material in relatively small quantities. It involves taking a disc of sheet material, (in this case silver), and coaxing it while it spins rapidly over a preformed chuck or former. This is screwed onto a spinning lathe, and using a polished steel 'burnisher' with a long wooden handle held against the body and under the arm of the spinner/silversmith to provide leverage. All Campbell decanter tops are 'spun' in 2 parts and lapped together again on a lathe, the top component being thicker than the bottom to avoid accidental damage which could occur from the stopper being replaced into the decanter.

At this stage in the making, the item is punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. It is then sent to the London Assay Office for testing of each and every component. Only if all the components prove to be better than 92.5% pure silver are the remaining hallmarks punched into the surface while being supported on a steel tool/stake. The English hallmarking system is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s. In the past there were more Assay offices around the country, for example Newcastle, Norwich and Exeter. Only four exist today, London being the largest which also provides some services for some of the smaller offices.

The item is then returned to the silversmith's workshop where it is polished using 4 grades of compound to remove all the spinning lines, file marks, blemishes and scrape marks caused by the Assay Office tests. The decanter tops are then ultrasonically cleaned, punched with the JA Campbell name mark and fitted on to the appropriate decanter using Plaster of Paris. Lastly they are packed into fitted presentation boxes for dispatch.

Why decant wine? Today most wine are routinely filtered and refined to a reasonable high clarity whilst in yesteryear this was not quite the case. This led to the development of the decanter as we know it today thereby removing the unsightly sediment before it reaches the table. However even a young wine will benefit tremendously from being decanted as it alters the wine by getting air into it, smoothing its slightly tannic structure and allowing the more complex aromas to be released.

For details of how to decant wine, please see my Silver Decanters section on the home page

Any of the silver decanters on this website can be engraved, either on the silver collar or on the crystal body.(Except the cut patterns) This allows you to personalize the gift and mark the occasion. They are suitable for many occasions, a wedding present especially a silver wedding, a birthday, a corporate gift or for an award ceremony, or simply just to spoil yourself!

All JA Campbell decanters will enhance the experience of drinking wine or spirits. The Chateauneuf decanter is suitable for red, white or rose wine. However in my opinion it is more suited to red wine as the name suggests. Chateauneuf - du- Pape is one of the more well known red wines and it is also an appellation controlee in the Southern Rhone region. This particular region permits 13 different varieties of grape to be used. In recent years, the trend has been to include fewer varieties and to rely heavily on Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah.

The decanter comes in a satin lined presentation box and can be gift wrapped if required. Be assured that all JA Campbell products are made up to a standard and not down to a price.'To delight a customer' is something Designer John Campbell aims to do with every item that leaves his workshop.

Engraving example image

You can be assured that all
JA Campbell products are made up to a standard and not down to a price.


Engraving is a wonderful opportunity to personalize a gift. The addition of a minimum of initials, a name, a name and date, plus the occasion will cover most situations. More can be added, if required, such as a personal message.

Suggested position:

Around silver collar or on crystal body

Recommended maximum characters: 200

For more information regarding our engraving services, which include hand, glass, heraldic and logo engraving, please click here, or telephone Colin or John Campbell on 01277 217829 to discuss.

Compose your personal engraving message after adding this product to your basket.

What our customers say

Beautiful decanter. Excellent service from J A Campbell. I would highly recommend both the decanter and the retailer!

— Adele Wills


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Gift wrapping

Each item purchased is packed into a luxury presentation box.

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Engraving service

Engraving your silver or crystal adds that extra personal individuality to your sterling silver gift.

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Our skilled silversmiths can perform many repairs on worn or damaged silver items.

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Swap your old silverware

We offer a swap service where you send in your old silver items.

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