Wine labels, used to embellish and identify the contents of a
decanter or bottle, first came into use about 1730 and are still
made today but their heyday was 1770-1860.
These labels, also used for sauces, were typically made of
silver or silver plate with materials such as enamel, pottery,
porcelain, ivory, bone or mother-of pearl also in common
What they are not are the paper labels designed to be stuck on
to bottles - that represents a quite separate field of
Some collectors concentrate on the great variety of designs,
others on the multiplicity of names on labels, on the silversmiths
and other makers, or on the place of manufacture.
by Roland Arkell
From the ATG Archive
20 November 2012
Wine labels from the old and celebrated Sandeman collection provided 63 lots to Woolley & Wallis’ sale in Salisbury last month.
23 October 2010
AN interest in wine and a holiday to Britain 49 years ago led New Englanders Alden and Connie Lank to their first silver wine labels.
04 October 2003
FOR Harvey's read Bristol Cream, but there is far more to this celebrated brand than the nation’s best known sherry.
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25 June 2015
A fine 1875 vintage… never opened… so what did this bottle of wine sell for?
22 January 2015
Heritage Auctions of Dallas and New York have reported their best year ever in 2014, with sales topping $969m.
27 May 2015
The highlight of the latest Woolley & Wallis sale of Asian art held in Salisbury was this 4in (10cm) Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period doucai lingzhi bowl.
19 January 2015
Philatelic and numismatic specialists Spink have posted annual sales figures of just under £29m.
13 February 2015
Bonhams throw down the gauntlet at Irma Stern Museum after Strauss & Co's China Girl TV stunt
26 September 2014
Sotheby's have made their first foray into the wine retail market by opening their first wine store in Hong Kong.