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Silver Mounted Square Spirit Decanter - the Clansman

The Clansman square decanter is pure crystal. 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.

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!

If Brandy is your choice then there are 3 main types of Brandy: grape brandy produced by the distillation of fermented grapes; fruit brandy which is distilled from fruits other than grapes, such as apples, an example being Calvados. The third type being Pomace brandy which is produced by fermentation and distillation of grape skins, seeds and stems that remain after the grapes have been pressed and their juice extracted. An example of this is the Italian Grappa.

Rum is a distilled, alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane by-products such as molasses and sugar cane juice by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak and other barrels. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas golden and dark rums are appropriate for drinking straight or for cooking. Premium rums are also available that are made to be consumed straight or with ice.

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.In the unlikely event of damage, we provide a full repair/replacement service. ‘To delight a customer’ is something Designer John Campbell aims to do with every item that leaves his 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

All JA Campbell decanters will enhance the experience of enjoying wine or spirits. The Clansman decanter is suitable for brandy, rum or whisky, whether Scottish or Irish, single malt or a blend of whisky that you prefer.

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 silver sheet required for this 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 and allowed to cool. This process (anneals) softens the sheets - which through the rolling process - have become work hardened. 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. Indeed, cooking equipment and light fittings are often made by this method. Spitfire canon cowlings were also spun in aluminium. 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 to provide leverage. This is held against the body and under the arm of the spinner/silversmith. 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.

At this stage in the making, the item is punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of 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% 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 different 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.


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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:

Around silver collar or on sides of crystal 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.

Compose your personal engraving message after adding this product to your basket.

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