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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26 September 2014
Sotheby's have made their first foray into the wine retail market by opening their first wine store in Hong Kong.
25 July 2014
Twelve years after their first online collaboration, Sotheby’s and eBay have formed a second partnership to stream Sotheby’s sales worldwide.
18 August 2014
Since 1964 William Morris’s Cotswold home at Kelmscott Manor has been under the care of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
20 June 2014
The year 1737 was something of an annus horribilis for George II.
14 August 2014
Spink have unveiled their new Hong Kong operation, dubbed Spink China, with the first sale, focused on wines and spirits, set for August 20.
11 April 2014
Many of the best decisions in life are taken over a glass or two of wine and so it was with Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson of Lorfords Antiques in Tetbury who have opened an antiques hub in a vast old RAF hangar nearby.