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
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
The buyer's premium was 22%.