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Silver Claret Jug - Chalice pattern

The JA Campbell 'Chalice' Claret Jug or Wine Jug with an elegant hallmarked sterling silver collar and handle. One of 2 available in the contemporary 'Appetite' collection. Handmade in our Brentwood workshop. It is most suitable for Claret, but, we're sure you'll agree, it would be wonderful to use it for any wine alongside the matching chalice decanter.  Silver has become a subtle status symbol in recent years. Antique reproductions are also available in the Classic section of this website.


Website sales only. Included with every silver and crystal item from JA Campbell from August 2014 is a free kit for cleaning inside areas of claret jugs, decanters and cruet bottles.

Recommended by Dartington Crystal, this easy to use kit consists of shiny balls which when swirled around with a small amount of washing up water will remove difficult wine or vinegar stains. They can be rinsed, drained and dried for use time and time again.

For people interested in how we make these jugs a brief description follows:

The crystal blowing: this is done for us by Dartington Crystal in Devon England. The crystal body starts life a 'gob' of molten crystal picked up by the master glass blower in the team from a pot of molten crystal. Using his hollow tube blowing iron he starts to form a bubble in the mass, and then places the mass into a carbon mould. The mould is sprayed with water which will turn to steam as the hot crystal comes into contact. This provides a barrier or cushion to stop the crystal coming into direct contact with the mould therefore minimizing surface scuffs and rings in the finished object. It is removed from the mould and placed into an open furnace 'glory hole' to raise its temperature to the same as the flat base which has been made alongside by other members of the team. The 2 components are then put together and 'trued up' to make sure the decanter sits straight and flat. The whole assembly is now removed from the control rod and placed in a furnace known as a lehr' where it is heated again for several hours and allowed to cool slowly. This gives the crystal strength and without this process it would easily shatter. Next the 'moil' is cut from the decanter top and the stopper is made using a 'gob' of crystal rotated in a carbon half mould. The cooled stopper then has its seat ground using a female tapered grinder and a matching male version used for the inside top of the decanter.

The silversmithing: Again 2 main categories, the spun body and the cast handle. The body is made in 2 parts joined together with silver solder, the top part from a thick material and the lower from a thinner one. Both are made employing the spinning methods an ancient method of making round, hollow objects from sheet metal (in this case silver) and in relatively small quantities. Lampshades and kitchen utensils are often made this method. The process starts with the flat silver disc which is coaxed or wrapped around a pre-made former on a lathe while it is rotating. The spinning tool used to move the metal is a highly polished hardened steel burnisher fitted into a long wooden handle which is held under the arm and next to the body of the silversmith. This is especially skillful as the disc tries to buckle as it moves off the flat to become a hollow object. Various intermediate stages are required before the finished shape is reached and at each stage, the item is removed from the lathe and 'annealed' (made red hot) this softens the article which has become work hardened.

Then, the 2 body parts are soldered together, the top is cut away on one side to enable the formation of the pouring lip. This is formed by pressing into a simple male and female die, some 'planishing' of this part now takes place to smooth and even the top area. This is then filed, polished and cut into its finished shape.

Lost wax casting: From a handmade brass master pattern, a rubber mould is made and into this mould molten wax is injected. Once the wax has cooled and solidified, the wax handles are removed, they are placed together onto a central wax stem known as a 'tree', covered with an open-ended steel tube (known as a flask) and filled with liquid Plaster of Paris. Once the plaster has set, the assembly is heated and the wax melted out. The temperature is then raised to around 1200 degrees C to burn out completely any remaining wax; silver is then poured into the recess, aided by a centrifuge. Once cooled down to around 200 degrees C, the filled flask is plunged into cold water making the plaster disintegrate and allowing the removal of the castings.The 2 components, handle and body are soldered together using silver solder and pickled in dilute sulphuric acid to remove flux and residues.

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 stake. The English hallmarking system is one of the oldest and best forms of organised national 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 slight scrape marks caused by the Assay Office tests. This polishing process has an added benefit in that it is the final check of all the making processes to see they are perfect. Any imperfections are rectified at this stage. It is then ultrasonically cleaned and fixed onto its crystal body using Plaster of Paris. When the excess plaster is removed, the item is dried and packed into presentation boxes to await dispatch. In the unlikely event of a mishap, we provide a full repair/replacement service.

As you would expect the most suitable wine served from this jug is Claret which derives from the French word 'Clairet'. This is a protected name in the EU and describes a Bordeau red wine. Historically, Claret has not always been the deep red we know today but was closer to a modern Rose. Hence the French term 'Clairet' meaning 'pale'. Red wines, especially older ones, are greatly improved by decanting. Taste and clarity are enhanced by aerating and removing the sediment.

It is supplied in a lined presentation case that makes it ideal to be presented as a corporate gift or award. An alternative 'Classic' style is available.

This item in common with everything in the JA Campbell collection can also be made from most other precious metals for example gold or platinum. This will obviously increase its asset value substantially.

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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:

On the silver neck or crystal body

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.

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

What our customers say

Dear Colin, I was so upset to damage the claret jug I had bought my husband when he passed his law exams 21 years ago. I didn't even mention what I had done but was quickly found out! You certainly came to my rescue and the job was turned around in a day - amazing. The jug is now as good as new and was back in use last Sunday. Many thanks. Kind regards, Pippa — Pippa Brown

— Pippa brown

Hello Colin. The package has arrived and Mr Moss and I are so far the only people who have looked at the claret jug – it’s absolutely beautiful and we really appreciate the effort you have made to get it made in time for us to make the presentation to our long standing employee. Many thanks again and kind regards. — Lesley

— Lesley

Dear Colin, Thank you so much for making sure the Claret jug was delivered on time. Andrew was so appreciative of his present and the youngest brother is looking forward to receiving his in about 4 years from now. Lets hope the price of silver hasn't doubled in that time!!! Best wishes Caron

— Caron

Thank you John For the excellent repair service

— Martin


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