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Silver Mounted Hogget Decanter in Silver Stand

The Hogget decanter is pure mouth blown crystal with a domed base and sits in a sterling silver hallmarked stand. It has an elegant hallmarked sterling silver collar. Both are handmade in our Brentwood workshop. Part of the contemporary 'Appetite' collection from JA Campbell.The silver parts can also be made from other precious metals to increase the asset value. Also available is a maple wood version of the base.

This decanter is intended to serve port. The story behind this hogget decanter is quite amusing and will entertain your guests. The potential problem of a guest forgetting their manners and "hogging" the port can be found in a Hogget Decanter which has a rounded bottom, making it impossible to put it down until it has been returned to the host, who can rest it in a specially designed silver stand. In other old English traditions when port is decanted, commonly at the dining table, the whole bottle should be finished in one sitting by the diners, and the table should not be vacated until this is empty.

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 sheet 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 then lengthwise 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.

For those people interested in how we make this item a brief description follows. Spinning is an ancient method that is still suitable today for the making of round hollow objects from sheet material in relatively small quantities. This method is not exclusive to the silversmith, in fact, it is often used for making lampshades and kitchen utensils. 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. This 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. The bowl also consists of 2 components, the bowl itself, and foot and as above they are also made by the 'spinning' method and then joined together using easy silver solder.

At this stage in the making the item is punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, the full initials of founder 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% are the remaining hallmarks punched into the surface while being supported on a steel stake. The English hallmarking system is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s. 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.

Supplied with every sterling silver decanter, claret jug, and cruet set from JA Campbell from August 2014 onwards is a crystal cleaning kit. This easy to use accessory is for removing the stubborn stains which inevitably build up on the insides of all decanters. This kit consists of a quantity of steel balls in a strainer type box and can be re used.

Any of the silver decanters on this website can be engraved, either on the silver collar or on the crystal body, and in the case of this decanter the silver base makes another ideal place for engraving. Allowing 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! This is a great gift for the man who 'has everything.' Silver, the subtle status symbol of recent years could be just the thing. 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. In the unlikely event of damage, we provide a full repair/replacement service. 'To delight a customer' is something Designer John Campbell aims to do with every item that leaves his workshop.

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JA Campbell products are made up to a standard and not down to a price.

Engraving

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, side of silver base or on crystal body

Recommended maximum characters: 400

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.

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