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Antique Wine Labels and Bin Labels

Despite wine bottles being made to a standard capacity by being blown in a mould as early as 1821, it was illegal to sell wine by the bottle for another 40 years.  When it did happen it caused the introduction of paper labels on bottles, but previously a way had to be found to identify wine bottle contents.

It was achieved by putting all wine from one barrel, or from one consignment, in a compartment in the cellar, called a bin.  To identify the contents of a bin, a pottery (usually) label was hung on the cellar wall adjacent to the bin.  Sometimes in large houses and under commercial circumstances, a bin would be identified with a number and a cellar book kept to correlate the numbers with the wines.

When the bottle was taken to the dining room and decanted, the decanter contents were also identified by a label, but now it was a small silver (usually) ticket, known today as a wine label.

Wine lables are avidly collected, and we keep a fine selection.  We place emphasis on high quality and good condition over rarity of name.  We would prefer to have a label for Madeira (the commonest of names) heavily cast in silver and gilded by a royal silversmith, than a lightweight label with a mis-spelt name made in a Scottish provincial town - although the latter might cost several times as much.   However we do have rarities as well, from time to time.

9763 A Magnificent Silver Gilt Wine Label for SHERRY

9763 A Magnificent Silver Gilt Wine Label for SHERRY

This is a really fine wine label made in 1806 by Digby Scott and Benjamin... Date: 1806

Price: UK customers £1,250, US customers $1,625, Euro customers €1,440, Australian customers $2,190

5223 A Fine Set of Six Wine Labels by Phipps & Robinson

5223 A Fine Set of Six Wine Labels by Phipps & Robinson

The design for these labels first appeared in the 1750s and it re-appeared from about... Date: 1806

Price: UK customers £1,250, US customers $1,625, Euro customers €1,440, Australian customers $2,190

9872 An Important Silver Gilt Wine Label for HOCK

9872 An Important Silver Gilt Wine Label for HOCK

This is among the grandest of English wine labels. It is formed as a leopard's... Date: 1833

Price: UK customers £1,050, US customers $1,365, Euro customers €1,210, Australian customers $1,840

4046  An Elegant  Set of 4 Ring Wine Labels

4046 An Elegant Set of 4 Ring Wine Labels

An alternative to suspending a label by a chain was to make a tapered ring... Date: 1800

Price: UK customers £1,050, US customers $1,365, Euro customers €1,210, Australian customers $1,840

5003 A Magnificent Silver-Gilt Wine Label for Port

5003 A Magnificent Silver-Gilt Wine Label for Port

This wine label is finely cast in the form of a garland of fruiting vine... Date: 1806

Price: UK customers £1,050, US customers $1,365, Euro customers €1,210, Australian customers $1,840

6536 An Exceptional Silver-Gilt 4-Leaf Clover Label for Claret

6536 An Exceptional Silver-Gilt 4-Leaf Clover Label for Claret

I have wanted a four-leaf clover wine label for some years, but have not seen... Date: 1809

Price: UK customers £1,050, US customers $1,365, Euro customers €1,210, Australian customers $1,840

4045 A Fine, Rare and Large Silver-Gilt Label for SHERRY

4045 A Fine, Rare and Large Silver-Gilt Label for SHERRY

This large and impressive wine label is a very rare model. It is die-stamped in... Date: 1852-55

Price: UK customers £950, US customers $1,235, Euro customers €1,095, Australian customers $1,665

5108 A Very Fine Pair of Silver Gilt Wine Labels

5108 A Very Fine Pair of Silver Gilt Wine Labels

This is a stunningly good pair of wine labels because of several factors. First they... Date: 1824

Price: UK customers £700, US customers $910, Euro customers €805, Australian customers $1,225

5241 A Fine Set of 4 Rectangular Wine Labels by Robert Barker

5241 A Fine Set of 4 Rectangular Wine Labels by Robert Barker

"Considering the superb quality of her work...." is how one paragraph begins about Susannah Barker... Date: 1794

Price: UK customers £450, US customers $585, Euro customers €520, Australian customers $790

4077 A Rare Silver Wine Label for FONTANIAC

4077 A Rare Silver Wine Label for FONTANIAC

Mis-spelt names on wine labels have always been collected, and perhaps the most famous of... Date: 1828

Price: UK customers £375, US customers $490, Euro customers €430, Australian customers $655

5249 A Rare Scroll Wine Label for Old-Hock by Hester Bateman.

5249 A Rare Scroll Wine Label for Old-Hock by Hester Bateman.

Generally the wine labels of Hester Bateman, like much of her workshop production, were lightweight,... Date: c.1775

Price: UK customers £350, US customers $455, Euro customers €405, Australian customers $615

6052 A Plain Crescent Wine Label Pierced RHENISH

6052 A Plain Crescent Wine Label Pierced RHENISH

In the 'Concise Encyclopædia of Gastronomy', Andre Simon described Rhenish as "The name by which... Date: c.1760 -80

Price: UK customers £325, US customers $425, Euro customers €375, Australian customers $570

5211  Pair of Fine Silver Gilt Wine labels

5211 Pair of Fine Silver Gilt Wine labels

This is a fine, but modest pair of silver-gilt wine labels for Port and Sherry.... Date: 1827

Price: UK customers £260, US customers $340, Euro customers €300, Australian customers $455

6567 A Large Wooden Bin Label for Noyau Blanc

6567 A Large Wooden Bin Label for Noyau Blanc

This is an extraordianry large and painted wooden bin label. Is is painted with a... Date: c.1830 - 60

Price: UK customers £215, US customers $280, Euro customers €245, Australian customers $375

5094 A Heavy Cast Silver Wine Label for Port

5094 A Heavy Cast Silver Wine Label for Port

Looking at the image of this wine label, it seems to be nothing out of... Date: 1816

Price: UK customers £210, US customers $275, Euro customers €240, Australian customers $370

9874  A Cast Silver Wine Label for SHERRY

9874 A Cast Silver Wine Label for SHERRY

This is a fine quality cast silver wine label for SHERRY. At this date, 1867... Date: 1867

Price: UK customers £200, US customers $260, Euro customers €230, Australian customers $350

5109 A 'Scroll' Wine Label for BRANDY

5109 A 'Scroll' Wine Label for BRANDY

This wine label is typical of the 1770s, being a scroll with 'feather edge'. From... Date: c.1775

Price: UK customers £200, US customers $260, Euro customers €230, Australian customers $350

9875 A Plain Silver Escutcheon Wine Label for SHERRY

9875 A Plain Silver Escutcheon Wine Label for SHERRY

This shape of wine label is known by collectors as an escutcheon. It was among... Date: 1822

Price: UK customers £130, US customers $170, Euro customers €150, Australian customers $230

9876 A Small Cast Silver Wine Label for HOCK

9876 A Small Cast Silver Wine Label for HOCK

This an attractive wine label of relatively small size for a cast label. It is... Date: c.1835

Price: UK customers £110, US customers $145, Euro customers €125, Australian customers $195

5083 A Small Rectangular Wine label for Madeira

5083 A Small Rectangular Wine label for Madeira

thsi delightful label was made in 1809 by Elizabeth Morley - a well known maker... Date: 1809

Price: UK customers £110, US customers $145, Euro customers €125, Australian customers $195

5123 A Large Rectangular Label for SHERRY

5123 A Large Rectangular Label for SHERRY

This is a gently impressive label. Looking at the image, one might well imagine that... Date: c.1780

Price: UK customers £95, US customers $125, Euro customers €110, Australian customers $165

9674 A Silver Initial Wine Label for S

9674 A Silver Initial Wine Label for S

This small silver wine label is a type known as postage stamp because it is... Date: 1840

Price: UK customers £60, US customers $80, Euro customers €70, Australian customers $105

4089  An Electroplated Wine Label for MASTICA

4089 An Electroplated Wine Label for MASTICA

This is a lightweight electroplated label, but the interest lies in its apparently unique name... Date: c.1890 - 1930

Price: UK customers £50, US customers $65, Euro customers €60, Australian customers $90

5106 A Small Crescent Wine Label for PORT

5106 A Small Crescent Wine Label for PORT

This label came from the same home as 5105 (Cyder). It is unmarked, but it... Date: c.1780

Price: UK customers £30, US customers $40, Euro customers €35, Australian customers $55

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