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.
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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03 May 2013
Twenty-something UK regional auctioneers and four container loads of Western antiques en route to south-east China. What could possibly go wrong?
05 April 2013
People sipping wine may be a slightly less familiar subject for Nevinson, but a copy of the print 'Sur La Terrasse, Parnasse' will appear at Bonhams sale of Grosvenor School and Avant Garde British Printmaking in New Bond Street on April 16.
19 April 2013
“Sales like this do not come along often,” said Sotheby’s specialist David Macdonald after the auction of Mark Birley’s collection from his South Kensington home.
11 March 2013
The Wine Investment Association has launched its new code of practice to seek to safeguard the general public against fraud, malpractice and misrepresentation.
08 April 2013
Promising to rank among the auction highlights of the summer, Christie’s are to sell the fabled Benson collection of early spoons on June 4.
07 March 2013
It was at Frinton-on-Sea Golf Club that James Grinter, managing director at Reeman Dansie of Colchester, first learned of the Douglas Shepherd collection of Arts and Crafts silver.