Benjamin James Ryan

Product: 151 Hoggit Decanter
Materials:  Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel, Blackened Sapele
Dimensions: 25omm x 25omm x 300mm

This special piece was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Marketors for the 151 regiment, as a gift to show their appreciation for all the work that they carried out during the global Covid19 pandemic.

Silversmith Ben Ryan was commissioned with the brief to produce an item that would echo the regiment’s community-based work, by visually referencing the uplifting support they’ve provided and continue to provide.

Ben decided to create an open structure comprising of 151 rods to hold a round bottom decanter. The combined effort of all of the rods, enables them to support and hold the glass decanter, and subtly echoes the team work and camaraderie within the regiment. The rods also create an optical illusion with the Hoggit glass section seemingly floating above the silver plaque.

Traditionally when port is passed to the left around the table at the end of a meal, a decanter should not come to rest until it returns to the host. The rounded base of the ‘Hoggit’ decanter ensures the piece cannot be hogged on its journey around the table.

As Ben said “Being approached by the Worshipful Livery Company of Marketors was real honour. Designing and making a piece to commission, to mark the hard work and efforts of so many is great project to be involved in. Hopefully once the pandemic has passed, the piece can be enjoyed and used by all at some of the Regiments Mess Hall dinners.”