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Silver Hogget Decanter, Crystal Body and Maple Stand

This Hogget decanter from JA Campbell is part of the contemporary 'Appetite' collection.

The decanter is pure crystal and has a domed base. This sits in a hand -turned maple wood stand and has an elegant hallmarked sterling silver collar, both of which are handmade in our Brentwood workshop.

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 insides. When rinsed, drained (using the strainer provided) and dried they can be used over and over again. Recommended by Dartington Crystal

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 resolved with a Hogget Decanter which has a rounded bottom, making it impossible to stand it down until it has been returned to the host, who can rest it in a specially designed maple wood base. 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. This creates an interesting piece of theatre on which to end the meal.

This "Port Culture" has many different idiosyncrasys one of which is. Which direction should the "Hogget Decanter" be passed around the table? The answer is clockwise, but no-one seems to know why. One suggstion is when it is passed with the left hand to the person on your left there is less chance of knocking over ones glass (on you right). It was also frowned upon and many jokes and cartoons at the time suggested a "ghastly gaffe had been made!

Any of the silver decanters on this website can be engraved, either on the silver collar or on the crystal body. This allows 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.' Another possibility, and one which will compliment the hogget, is to decant the port from the bottle using a sterling silver wine funnel.

The decanter is supplied in a satin lined presentation box and has the option to be gift wrapped.

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

Should damage occur, we provide a full replacement/repair service.

'To delight a customer' is something Designer John Campbell aims to do with every item that leaves his workshop.

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. This 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 the length 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. I am led to believe that the continuous casting method is now no longer used in this instance.

Cookson also provide a circle/disc cutting service of which JA Campbell take full advantage.

Spinning is an ancient method that is still suitable today for the making of round hollow objects from sheet material in relatively small quantities. Electric light fittings and cooking utensils are often made this way. 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 which 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 silver top is sent to the London Assay Office for testing of each and every component. Only if both components prove to be better than 92.5% are the hallmarks struck 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 top 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.

The maple wood base is made from 2 thicknesses and glued together to give the required depth. The round block is then screwed on to the lathe and turned to the correct profile and to fit the crystal decanter. A slot is turned into the underside into which baize is eventually pushed; this will protect your table from scratches. Following turning the base is fine sandpapered and then polished on a polishing lathe. Using luster and carnauba wax, this gives the Maplewood a high shine.

Finally they are packed into fitted presentation boxes for dispatch.


Engraving example image

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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:

Around silver collar or on 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.

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