Silver Mounted Decanter - Chalice Style
The Chalice 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 or repair service is available should any damage occur.
Why decant wine? Today most wines are routinely filtered and fined to a reasonably high clarity whilst in yesteryear this was not quite the case. Even so a modern young wine will benefit tremendously for being decanted as it alters the wine, smoothing its slightly tannic structure and allowing the more complex aromas to be released.This led to the development of the decanter as we know it today, thereby removing any unsightly sediment before it reaches the table.
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 or a birthday, a corporate gift or for an award ceremony or simply to spoil yourself!
All JA Campbell decanters will enhance the experience of enjoying wine. The Chalice decanter is suitable for red, white or rose wine. If used for white wine, then the ideal partner to this is either the Grape & Vine handled Claret jug (which is exclusive to this website) or the matching Claret jug for serving your red wine.
All the decanter mounts in the JA Campbell range are made by the ‘spinning’ method although each model is different in size and shape. The sheet used in this process 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 metre 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 around 700C 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.
Spinning is an ancient method that is still suitable today for the making of round, hollow objects from sheet material in relatively small quantities. 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 leverage. 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 replacement.
At this stage, the maker's mark is punched into the surface, JAC in a triangle, the initials of founder 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% silver are the 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 the marks are set and the polishing begins, 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. 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.
Website sales only.Enclosed with this product is an easy to use cleaning kit which will make your decanter like new again, removing stubborn wine stains from the insides at a shake! These kits are supplied free of charge from August 2014 with all decanters and claret jugs by JA Campbell.
The polished balls in the kit can be rinsed, drained (using the accompanying strainer) and dried for future use.
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: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.