Silver Mounted Decanter - Connoisseur style
The Connoisseur decanter is made from pure crystal and it has an elegant, hallmarked, sterling silver collar which is handmade in our Brentwood workshop. This is highly suitable for spirits or wines especially red. It is part of the contemporary 'Appetite' collection. A useful addition is our newly designed silver coaster.
This decanter is exculsive to this website.
Looking for something more classical? Go to our Classic section.
Any of the silver decanters on this website can be engraved, either on the silver collar or on the crystal body. This allows you to personalize the gift and mark the occasion. They are suitable for many occasions, a wedding present or a birthday, a corporate gift or for an award ceremony or simply to just spoil yourself! 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.
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. Sheets of silver are made for us by Cookson Precious Metal and start life as 93% of pure silver ingot mixed with 6.5%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 sticking together. Several of these boxes are then packed into a furnace and cooked for around 12 hours 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.
Cookson also provide a circle/disc cutting service of which JA Campbell take full advantage.
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, screwed on to a spinning lathe and using a polished steel ‘burnisher’ with a long wooden handle which is held against the body and under the arm of the spinner/silversmith to provide push. 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 placed in and out of the decanter.
At this stage in the making, the item is 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% are the 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. London is the largest of all the UK Assay offices and probably the most prestigious.
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. Finally they are packed into fitted presentation boxes for dispatch.
Removing the wine stains from the insides of decanters has always been difficult and laborious but now no longer! All sterling silver decanters, claret jugs and vinegar bottles by JA Campbell come supplied (as of August 2014) with a complimentary crystal cleaning kit.
The results are excellent, your decanter is sparkling once more. The kit contains polished balls poured inside the decanter, just add a little wash up water. This is then swirled around for a couple of minutes. The beads are then poured out along with the water and both rinsed and dried. The beads can be re-used indefinitely.
All JA Campbell decanters will enhance the experience of drinking spirits or wine. The Connoisseur decanter is suitable especially for spitits and also for red, white or rose wine, port or sherry. It is one of the most versatile decanters in my collection. For details of how to decant wine, please see my Silver Decanters section on the home page
‘To delight a customer’ is something Designer/Silversmith John Campbell aims to do with every item that leaves his workshop. Should any accidental damage occur, we offer a replacement crystal service or silver repair option.
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.