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Silver Mounted Decanter - Agatha Style

The Agatha decanter is pure crystal and it has an elegant hallmarked sterling silver collar which is handmade in our Brentwood workshop. It is part of the JA Campbell contemporary 'Appetite' collection. A replacement crystal service is available should an accident happen.

Price is for decanter only. Coaster shown is priced and supplied separately.

Why decant wine? Today most wines are routinely filtered and refined to a reasonable high clarity whilst in yesteryear, this was not quite the case. This led to the development of the decanter as we know it today, thereby removing the unsightly sediment before it reaches the table. However even a modern, young, red wine will benefit tremendously for being decanted as it alters it, smoothing its slightly tannic structure and allowing the more complex aromas to be released by getting some air into it.

For details of how to decant wine, please see my Silver Decanters section on the home page. 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, especially a Silver Wedding, a birthday, a corporate gift or for an award ceremony or simply to just spoil yourself!

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 93.5% of pure silver ingot mixed with 6.5% 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 at about 650C then 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. 

Spinning is an ancient method that is still suitable today for the making of round, hollow objects from sheet material in relatively small quantities. Kitchen utensils and lighting components 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 pre-formed chuck or former, which is screwed on to a spinning lathe. The silversmith then takes a polished steel ‘burnisher’ with a long wooden handle which he holds against his body and under his arm 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 being misplaced.

At this stage in the making, the tops are first-stage polished to remove any spinning lines. They are then punched with the makers mark, JAC in a triangle, which is the registered mark of JA Campbell and the initials of John Campbell. The item 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% 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 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 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. Finally they are packed into fitted presentation boxes for dispatch.

Website sales only. Enclosed with every decanter, claret jug and cruet set is a crystal cleaning kit. This useful little kit consists of a tub of polished balls, which, when put into the decanter with some clean washing up water, and swished around for a few minutes removes the stubborn wine stains.

The accompanying strainer allows you to rinse the balls, drain and dry them for future use. A good tip is to do this over a tray, as it is tedious to have to pick them up off the floor one by one in the event of a dropage.

All JA Campbell decanters will enhance the experience of serving wine or spirits. The Agatha decanter is suitable for red, white or rose wine. The decanter comes in a satin-lined presentation box and can be gift wrapped if required. Be assured that all JA Campbell products are made up to a standard and not down to a price. ‘To delight a customer’ is something Designer John Campbell aims to do with every item that leaves his workshop.

 

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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

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: 200

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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