A COLLECTION OF THIRTY-SIX SILVER BOTTLE LABELS, VARIOUS MAKERS, LONDON AND BIRMINGHAM, CIRCA 1770-1896
comprising: five labels, die-stamped cushion-shaped, gadroon borders, leaf-flanked shells at the angles, pierced for Madeira (two), Claret (two) and Port, William Elliott, London, 1819 and 1821, probably retailed by Thomas Hamlet; two other die-stamped labels, one with a wide border of vine leaves and grapes, central scroll pierced for Madeira, Cradock & Reid, London, apparently 1821, the other with feathery foliate scrolls and flowers, the centre engraved Port, Matthew Linwood, Birmingham, 1820; a gadroon-bordered crescent-shaped example surmounted by an urn, engraved White Wine, Margaret Binley, London, circa 1770; seven reeded oblong examples, engraved Hock, Bucellas, Montillliardo, Barsac, Maderia, Claret and Sherry, John Rich, London, 1806-1808; three others, die-stamped oblong, reeded and shell borders, engraved Brandy, Rum and Hollands, George Unite, Birmingham, 1839/41; three reeded rectangular examples, engraved Port, Sherry and Madeira, the same, Birmingham, 1836; two, similar, engraved Port and Sherry, Elizabeth Morley, London, 1802; two others, similar, one engraved Burgundy, G. Unite, Birmingham, 1896, the other Marsala, unmarked; three reeded oblong labels, engraved Sherry, Madeira and Port, maker's mark apparently FW over JH struck over that of another, London, 1817; three others, similar, engraved Madeira (two) and Sherry, William Knight or King, London, 1836 and 1837; a small reeded rectangular, pierced 'H,' apparently Phipps & Robinson, London, 1806; three small sauce labels, plain oblong, engraved Anchovy, Soy and Kyan, unmarked, circa 1800; an electroplate label, engine-turned circular, engraved Irish Whiskey, the reverse stamped: 'EVANS & MATTHEWS [furnishing ironmongers, &c.] 79 & 80 BULL ST. BIRMINGHAM,' late 19th century
Generally good. Typical Country house wear.
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Inventory, 1949, [probably] BOTTLE LABELS, of oval shape ten Georgian of various dates; BOTTLE LABELS, 16 Georgian rectangular shaped of various dates; BOTTLE LABELS, 10 of various shapes and dates' in the Strong Room