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Silver Claret Jug - Adam style - engraved

This Sterling Silver & Crystal Claret Jug, in the style of Robert Adam c.1760, comprises  a sterling silver top with hinged cover thumb piece and sterling silver base with a crystal body in the centre. For strength and stability, the top and bottom sterling silver components are joined together with a bead decorated handle. The sterling silver bead wire feature is used throughout this Claret Jug to decorate and strengthen. The skills required to create a sterling silver Claret Jug of this complexity are only acquired after many years of experience at the bench. At JA Campbell, the person capable of producing this item is Founder, Designer and Master Silversmith John Campbell. Nothing produced at JA Campbell Silversmiths leaves the workshop without his seal of approval.

Website sales only. Silver and 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 containing polished balls can be used repeatedly. The results are excellent. The crystal sparkles again like new.

Mouth-blown English crystal is used for making the body of this sterling silver Claret Jug, uniquely made by the Master Glassblower and his team of supporting craftsmen. In the rare event of a mishap, we can replace the crystal body. The production method for these claret jugs is described below:

This is one of the most labour intensive and complicated pieces of the 'Classic' collection. "I would rather make 20 chalice claret jugs than 1 Adam" says founder John Campbell. Each one has 17 different components; 4 spinnings, 4 pieces of decorative bead wire, 4 lost wax castings, I hinge, 1 piece of sheet, 1 crystal body and 3 tiny pieces of tube. Around 15 hours of labour are used to create 1 claret jug. Of the 4 'spun' items, 2 create the top of the body and 2 the base. Of the decorative bead wire, 1 is to decorate and strengthen the top of the body, the next one down to finish the area between the top and the crystal body, the next one down to strengthen and finish the area between the crystal and base and the bottom one again to strengthen, decorate and terminate.

The cast items: the billet or thumb piece on the cover, the handle, top and bottom parts.

Silver hinge: to facilitate the opening of the cover.

Crystal body: mouth-blown for us by Dartington Crystal in an open-and-shut cast iron mould. This has a square stump added while the body is hot and plastic and goes inside the silver base to be held in place by Plaster of Paris.

Silver tube items: these tiny pieces of tube are soldered, 1 on to the bottom of the handle and 2 on to the top of the silver base. They will be joined together with a nickel pin. This is to connect the top silver component with the bottom to make the whole unit strong.

Silver sheet item: this is for the cover which is cut to an oval template and pressed in a male and female die to form a dome into the centre and give it a sweeping profile to the elevation view.

When these components have been spun, cut and fitted, they are soldered together to form 4 sub-assemblies. At this stage they are punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. They are then sent to the London Assay Office to be tested and have the remaining hallmarks applied. This is one of the oldest and best forms of consumer protection and dates back to the 1400s. The items are then returned to the silversmith's workshop where they are polished, using 4 grades of compound to remove all the spinning lines, file marks, blemishes and slight scrape marks caused by the Assay Office tests.

The crystal body in the past has been engraved using the copper wheel method. First, the pattern is drawn onto the crystal using a marker pen. Then, using an electric motor which has varying sized copper wheels on each end, the engraver holds the piece to be engraved and presses it against the revolving copper wheels which cut the pattern into the surface. This is extemely skillful and artistic. No 2 pieces are ever exactly the same. I am currently looking at another method of doing this engraving possibly using a diamond tipped cutter. At this stage, the crystal body is set into the silver base with Plaster of Paris and once dry, the top component is fixed in the same way. The whole jug is then washed to remove all traces of plaster and dried. Nickel pins are then pushed into the cover hinge and the base fitting. It is finally inspected and packed into a presentation box.

This sophisticated, elegant, sterling silver Claret Jug is the classic way to decant and serve your fine wine. It is part of the JA Campbell 'Classic' sterling silver collection. Silver has become a subtle status symbol in recent years. As the name implies, the most suitable wine to decant and serve from this sterling silver jug is without a doubt 'Claret'. The word Claret originates from the old French 'clairet' and is a registered name in the E.U. to describe a red Bordeaux wine. The present style of Bordeaux wine is a deep, full red. This has not always been the case. It once resembled a 'rose' hence the French 'clairet' meaning 'pale'. Red wines are improved greatly by decanting from the bottle. This process will develop the taste, improve the clarity by taking out the sediment and allow the wine to breathe after imprisonment in the bottle. It will also add a substantial amount of theatre.

The term Claret is little known in France apart from maybe in International wine and dine situations.

You can be assured that every item from JA Campbell is made up to a standard and not down to a price. We provide a full replacement/repair service.  

If you prefer a more contemporary style, you might be interested in our Chalice Claret Jug or the plain version of this engraved Claret jug.

We can also make this item from some other precious metals, Gold or Platinum. This will greatly increase its intrinsic asset value.

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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:

On silver neck, base or under base

Recommended maximum characters: 250

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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