Silver Wine Funnel - Reed Pattern
A handmade hallmarked sterling silver wine funnel with reed pattern edge; part of the JA Campbell 'Classic' collection.
THE TRAY ILLUSTRATED IS AN OPTIONAL EXTRA
For those who are passionate about their wine, this sterling silver wine funnel is a must for removing the sediment etc. It is also a bit of theatre when you have guests. Silver on the table has become something of a subtle status symbol in recent years.
It is also an important accessory for general decanting of fine wines. The bend at the tip of the funnel spout sends the wine down the side of the decanter, encouraging absorption of some air into the wine to help release the flavours and aromas without creating too much froth.
For those interested in how we make this product, the method is described below.
The funnel comprises 7 components; the main bowl or body, the bowl bezel, the funnel connecting bowl, the trumpet, the hanging billet, the muslin filter retaining wire and the muslin filter.
The main bowl has its holes "drilled" by the photo etching method. This is far quicker than drilling by hand. This now-pierced, flat blank is then spun in 6 stages on a spinning lathe. The bezel is also spun in the same way and attached to the bowl using easy silver solder. The hanging billet is made by blanking from a strip of silver. This is then part-polished, soldered to the first sub-assembly, again using easy silver solder. The trumpet is cut from a sheet using a template and snips. This is then bent round to form a tapered tube, the seam of which is soldered using enamelling silver. The fluxes are then pickled-off in a dilute solution of sulphuric acid and the seam dressed down. The trumpet is forced onto a tapered, steel mandrill and 'planished' to make it perfectly round. The decorative lines and rolls are also spun in at this stage and then followed by a difficult bending of the trumpet end. Next, the connecting bowl is also spun and attached to the funnel, using easy silver solder. The filter retaining wire is coiled into a spring-like shape, cut to length, soldered and stretched to size.
In total, some 6 hours and 150 operations and 36 tools are employed to make this rather complicated and unusual piece of English craftsmanship.
The wine funnel is then punched with the maker's mark, JAC in a triangle, the initials of John Campbell. It then visits the London Assay office for hallmarking and provided the tests prove the item to be made with at least 92.5% pure silver, the remaining hallmarks are punched into the surface. It is then returned to the workshop to be finished and then finally polished, before being boxed and packed.
These silver funnels filter wine through muslin and the curved spout directs the flow against the wall of the decanter to avoid too much aeration.
You can spoil yourself and buy one for your own use or a special present for someone close. It is also very suitable as a silver wedding present, a silver birthday present, a corporate or incentive gift. It can even be made in gold for the very special golden wedding present.
As with most JA Campbell products, this item is suitable for engraving to personalize as a gift. The design features and quality in every item made by craftsmen at JA Campbell are unique. In the unlikely event of damage, we provide a full repair service. You can be assured that all our products are made up to a standard, not down to a price. Nothing leaves the Brentwood workshop until Master Silversmith John Campbell is completely satisfied.
This sterling silver wine funnel is a pleasure to use today and a great investment to be handed down to future generations.
A matching tray is also available.