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Sandeman collection shows demand for armorials

20 November 2012Written by Roland Arkell

Wine labels from the old and celebrated Sandeman collection provided 63 lots to Woolley & Wallis’ sale in Salisbury last month.

Formed by the port and sherry producing family during the first half of the 20th century, the collection already numbered 80 pieces on the death of Ernest S. Sandeman in 1916.

It was expanded to over 700 items by his brother Major Patrick Walter Sandeman, who allowed a selection to be photographed for the Country Life Annual of 1955.

The three lots pictured here are all armorials, a highly collectable subset for titled families with their crest, which sold at the October 30 sale.

The cast Claret label formed as an eagle with outstretched wings was marked for Elkington of Birmingham, 1853 and sold at £1500. It was one of two, the other for Port bringing £1600.

The pair of armorial labels by William Eley, London 1838 was one of two pairs for Madeira and Sherry  sold at £1500 and £1600.

The unmarked Madeira label worked as two greyhounds was one of two of this form (the other pierced Claret) that sold for £650 and £600 respectively.

The buyer's premium was 22%.

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