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Silver Ship's Decanter Coaster for Admiral Decanter

A handmade hallmarked heavy gauge sterling silver ships decanter coaster with a perfectly plain side ideally suited for engraving. This coaster (the largest in the picture above) has a polished satin finish in the bottom to prevent scuffs and scratches during use. Generally speaking silver coasters are used for containing decanters, bottles and glasses,  their main purpose is to protect your treasured table from any accidental liquid stains or scratches.

The designs fall into 2 main categories, reproduction and contemporary. This contemporary design is part of a matching range from the Appetite collection, which was designed for modern living by Master Silversmith John Campbell.

Engraving your silver with a message, date or logo of your choice will personalise the piece and give sentimental value as years go by.

While a joy to own, these silver decanter coasters would grace any dineing table and also make make a perfect silver gift for any occasion, from a birthday to a wedding (especially a silver wedding)  a corporate gift or sports award. Relitively common among the middle classes in time gone by, silver has now become a subtle status symbol. A great talking point at your dinner party.

For those interested John describes the manufacturing process below.

This range of contemporary coasters, bottle, decanter and ships, are all made using the same technique which is that of 'spinning'. This is an ancient method of producing round hollow sheet made objects on a lathe, and is most suitable for small production runs. This method is not exclusive to the silversmith, indeed, lampshades and kitchen utensils are often made this way. Using a metal spinning lathe, a preformed shape known as a 'chuck' is screwed on to the mandrill of the lathe and a flat metal disc (in this case silver) is 'spun' or wrapped around the chuck while it is rotating. Hence the term spinning. A polished steel burnisher fitted into a long wooden handle is tucked under arm of the spinner/silversmith and used to lever the disc on to the chuck, using his body weight for power. As you can imagine the metal tries to buckle and fold as it comes off the flat plane and begins to form a hollow object and it is the skill of the spinner to prevent this happening. Once the silver has been spun onto or over the chuck the uneven edges are trimmed to their finished height, using a hand held turning tool.

At this stage in the making the item is punched with the makers mark, 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% 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. It then has a protective edge mask fitted and the upper base surface is sand blasted leaving the inside edge bright. The sand blasted surface is lightly polished again to change the finish to a shiny satin surface. This is very user friendly and resists scratches or marks, a constant problem with polished surfaces that have things placed on them. Most of the items in the 'Appetite' collection that have flat surfaces, for example trays, have this finish.

The coaster is then ultrasonically cleaned and dried. It is then finally placed into its presentation box ready for dispatch. 

You can be assured that all JA Campbell products are made up to a standard not down to a price and a full replacement/repair service is available.

An ideal partner to the Admiral decanter

Engraving example image

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: 300

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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