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Silver Decanter Coaster with Reed Edge & Mahogany Base

A handmade hallmarked sterling silver decanter coaster with a turned mahogany base. The top edge has a turned reed wire for decoration and strength. It has a silver button in the centre and green baize underneath.

JA Campbell designs generally fall into two main categories, reproduction or classic and contemporary. The reproduction collection consists of a variety of designs from different periods of history and is part of the JA Campbell 'Classic' range. The contemporary collection has coasters have been designed by Master Silversmith John Campbell.

Bottle stands and decanter stands - usually known as wine coasters - were frequent drinking accessories from the 1770s onwards. Today their main use is to protect the surface below from scratches and drips. They also enhance the wine drinking experience by the use of quality accessories.

Generally speaking, a silver coaster is used for containing decanters, bottles or glasses, thus protecting your highly polished table from liquid stains or scratches. This product is suitable to be used alongside a sterling silver cheese stand and sterling silver bread bowl. A silver coaster would make a perfect gift for any occasion, from a birthday to a wedding to a corporate gift or sports award. The silver button in the centre is particularly suitable for engraving to mark the occasion and personalize the gift.

For those interested in how we make this range of three coasters (bottle, decanter and ships), the method is the same for all 3. They have the same components of different sizes, the outer body, the central engraving button, the mahogany base and green baize.

The main body: this is made by the 'spinning' method from a silver washer. This is an ancient process of making round, hollow objects from sheet metal, in this case silver. This process is not unique to the silversmith and is used in other industries. Saucepans and lighting reflectors are often still made this way today.

Using a spinning lathe, a pre-formed shape or 'chuck' as it is known is screwed to the mandrill of the lathe and a sheet metal washer is clamped to it. While it is rotating and using a spinning tool, the silver is 'spun' (forced/wrapped) over the chuck until it fits snuggly. The tool used for this -the 'spinning' tool- is a highly polished steel burnisher fitted into a long wooden handle which the silversmith tucks under his arm and uses his body weight and leverage to move the metal.

On completion of stage 1, the decorative lines near the base are pushed into the surface using the sharp part of the tool. At this stage, the sides are pre-polished before forming the top wire. Stage 2: the flange from which the first stage spinning was driven is cut out. Stage 3: the chuck has its top part removed to allow the top of the coaster to overhang. This is spun out at right angles to the main body. Step 4: the right angled flange is then spun back on itself to begin the formation of the hollow top wire. Stage 5: the coaster is held on a wooden chuck and the hollow wire closed. Three decorative lines (reed) are then turned into the surface using a sharp steel cutting tool. The main body is now finished.

The silver engraving centre button: this is a small silver disc which is first domed in a press and then has a small casting (to hold it into the mahogany base) soldered to the back.

At this stage, the article is punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, which are the initials of John Campbell. It is then taken to the London Assay Office at Goldsmiths Hall to be scraped and tested. Only when a positive result has been received from the laboratory confirming that the article has been made with metal at least 92.5% pure silver, are the remaining hallmarks are punched into the surface. This independent hallmarking process began in the 1400s and is one of the world's oldest and most secure forms of consumer protection today.

Upon return to the workshop the coaster is now polished inside and out using 4 different grades of compound until it has the high lustre associated with silver. It is punched with the JA Campbell name punch and ultrasonically cleaned.

The mahogany base: we make these ourselves in-house from sawn mahogany which we store here for several months to ensure it is completely dry and then plane down to ½" thickness. It is then cut into discs, drilled and fitted onto the lathe and turned to fit and then has decorative lines turned into the surface. A slot is turned into the back to hold the baize in place. The base is polished using 3 grades of compound until smooth and shiny.

Again on the lathe, the mahogany base is lapped into the now finished coaster by spinning the edge over the wood. The button which has been also polished is pressed into the centre recess and the baize pushed into its slot which tightens its surface. This is used to prevent scratches to furniture. Last but not least, the completed coasters are fitted into presentation boxes.

In the unlikely event of damage, JA Campbell provide a full repair service. You can be assured that all ourproducts are made up to a standard, not down to a price. Nothing leaves the Brentwood workshop until Master Silversmith John Campbell is completely satisfied.We aim to delight not just please our customers.

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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:

Initials on centre button or around outside of body

Recommended maximum characters: 240

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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