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Silver Mounted Golf Ball Decanter - Small

This is the smaller of the two Golf Ball Decanters from the workshop of JA Campbell and it is made from mouth blown lead crystal in Staffordshire, England.

The body is in the shape of a golf ball and has depressions cut into the surface to simulate the actual shape of a golf ball. The stopper is made in the same way. It has a hallmarked handmade sterling silver collar made in our Brentwood studio.

While being something nice to own and a great conversation piece at a dinner party this decanter will also make an ideal present for the golfer "who has everything" as the saying goes! It is also highly suitable as a competition trophy or prize having space on the collar for engraving details.

However being spherical and rather heavy it is somewhat unwieldy for everyday use. A serious whisky connoisseur may wish to consider one of our other spirit decanters, for example the Highlander, the Clansman, the Connoisseur or the Directors and use our engraving service to apply the image of a swinging golfer to the crystal body. One could also consider one of our elegant wine decanters, the Agatha, the Chalice, the Chateauneuf or the Magnum, all of which can also be similarly engraved.

Website sales only. From August 2014 included with every silver and crystal item from JA Campbell is a complimentary kit for cleaning the inside of crystal, this includes decanters, claret jugs and the oil and vinegar cruet sets.

 The kit consists of shiny pellets which when agitated inside with washing up water removes stubborn wine or vinegar stains from the inside surfaces. When rinsed, drained (using the strainer provided) and dried they can be used over and over again. Recommended by Dartington Crystal

The history of the origins of the game of golf has (as you can imagine) many variations. The one most generally accepted is that the game began in Scotland near the current site of the old St Andrews course. It is thought that shepherds knocking round stones into rabbit holes was the origin of the game. An interesting discussion point for dinner parties! See if any of your guests have any other theories.

JA Campbell have a range of decanters to suit most wines and spirits, enhancing the occasion. This, the smaller of the two golf ball decanters has a capacity of 400cl and is very suitable for whisky or other spirits. It can however be used for most spirits, wines or even non alcoholic drinks.

The decanter arrives in a satin lined presentation box which can be gift wrapped if required before dispatch direct to the recipient. In common with all JA Campbell products this decanter is made up to a standard and not down to a price.

"We try to delight our customers" says founder and Master Silversmith John Campbell.

For those interested in how we make this article please read on:

The crystal body and stopper are made by the traditional method of mouth blowing, using a long steel tube and dipping the end into a pot of molten crystal. The glass blower then blows this to form a bubble. This is then repeated and placed in a graphite mould and while rotating blown some more until it fits the mould.

Please note that this can be seen at the Dartington Factory in Torrington, Devon, England and it is fascinating to watch.

The silver top mounts which we make are all produced by the "spinning" method. This is an ancient process of producing hollow objects from a sheet of metal in relatively small quantities. Indeed some kitchen utensils and lighting are still made this way today.

First a former made from metal or wood is produced on a lathe. Then a disc of any metal (in this case silver) is spun over the former while the lathe is rotating. This is done using a polished steel burnisher and a back stop to prevent the silver from buckling.In the case of the decanter top this is made in two parts, the top and the bottom. The top is thicker to avoid accidental damage from the heavy stopper. The two components are then lapped together to form one unit.

Each and every silver article is then sent to the London Assay Office in London to be tested. A process known as "assaying". It is then punched and stamped with the English hallmark. This is only done providing the article is better than 925 parts per 1000 pure silver. No minus tolerance is allowed. Most standard or sterling silver is 928 parts per 1000.

When the decanter tops are returned to our workshop they are punched with the JA Campbell name for recognition of the maker and then polished using four grades of polishing compound. 

Finally they are cleaned to remove all traces of polishing compound and then rinsed and dried. The top is fitted to the crystal body using plaster of Paris and placed into the distinctive mauve satin lined JA Campbell presentation boxes.

Enjoy! Cheers!

John Campbell, Founder


Engraving example image

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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

Recommended maximum characters: 60

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.

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