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Silver Claret Jug with Grape & Vine Handle

This Claret Jug (or Wine Jug) has an elegant hallmarked sterling silver neck with a sterling silver stylised grape and vine handle, handmade in our Brentwood workshop. This is one of two exquisite Sterling Silver Claret Jugs in the 'Appetite' collection by JA Campbell.Antique reproduction patterns are also availbel on the this website in the Classic section.

The Claret Jug body is mouth-blown English Crystal. Each piece is unique, having been made by a master glass-blower and his supporting team of craftsmen. In the unlikely event of a mishap, JA Campbell Silversmiths can repair or replace the crystal body.


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

An impressive accessory to have on your dinner table, this claret jug is sure to attract attention, impress your guests, friends and relatives and become an interesting talking point. It will also enhance the the taste of your wines especially red. Silver on the dining table has become a status symbol of great sublety in recent years. This elegant sophisticated sterling silver Claret Jug is the ideal way to serve red wine or port.

As the name suggests the ideal wine to serve from the jug is, of course, Claret. Claret derives from the French 'Clairet'. It is a protected name within the EU, describing a red Bordeaux wine. The standard style of Bordeaux wine has not always been deep red. It used to be closer to a Rose, hence the French 'Clairet' meaning 'pale'. Decanting, especially older red wines, greatly improves the clarity and taste by removing the sediment and aerating the wine.

For those interested in how we make this jug here in England, it is made from 5 main components; the stopper and body are crystal and the handle and body are sterling silver. This jug is a fine example of English craftsmanship today. Some 60 or so operations are necessary to complete this piece from start to finish.

The main method used to make the claret jug silver neck is known as 'spinning' and is performed on a lathe where a metal blank or disc is coaxed or 'spun' over a preformed shape, (a 'chuck'), using a highly polished steel burnisher with a long wooden handle. The silversmith holds the steel part in his hand and tucks the handle under his arm using his body weight to move the metal. The skillful part of this technique is stopping the metal from buckling which sheet material will try to do when moved off the flat. This jug neck is made in 2 parts (joined together with silver solder) the top part using 1.3mm thick silver is used to form the lip and the lower one somewhat thinner at 0.9mm.These components will work-harden during the spinning process and require several 'anneals' (making red hot on a forge) to soften the silver.

The handle is cast using the 'lost wax' method, basically an ancient process that has been modernised a little to improve quality and efficiency. Molten wax is injected into a pre-made rubber mould which, when cooled and solidified, is 'invested' into a Plaster of Paris mould. When set, the plaster mould is then heated to melt out the wax and is replaced with molten silver in the modern way, using a centrifuge to fill all the crevices and form the pattern. On completion, the 2 main silver components, -handle and neck- are joined together, again using silver solder.

At this stage, the as yet unpolished silver top is punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the full initials of John Campbell. Next it is time for a visit to the London Assay Office, housed in Goldsmiths' Hall, where all the components will be sampled and analysed to ensure that all are at least 92.5% pure silver. The remaining 7.5% consists of copper which is added to harden the otherwise too soft pure silver. Once the silver has passed its test, the remaining hallmarks are stamped into the surface.

Upon return to the silversmiths workshop the slight dents caused by the punching and scrape marks caused by the sampling are removed. The item is polished using 4 grades of polishing compounds and then ultrasonically cleaned. Lastly, the silver jug assembly is attached and fixed to the crystal body using Plaster of Paris. It is then packaged into the distinctive JA Campbell presentation boxes.

This sterling silver claret jug is a pleasure to use today and a great, low profile investment to be handed down to future generations. It can also be made using higher value precious metals such as gold or platinum which will increase the asset value substantially.

As with most things in life, your silver will need occasional cleaning, this does not need to be a chore and is quite therapeutic. From as little as a quick wash, then a 'buff up' to remove light tarnish, and the occasional polish using silver cleaner such as Silvo. This item is highly suitable for engraving to further personalise with a name, initials, logo or even a vessel's name.


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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 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.

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