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4048 A Rare Copper-Gilt Wine Label for HOCK

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When the expression Sheffield plate is used, it commonly refers to a method of fusing a thin layer of silver to a base of copper, and is quite different in appearance, durability, and quality from electroplate.  It is also earlier in date.  Rarely the method was used to layer a thin sheet of gold on to copper.  This is an example.

The label is of 'escutcheon' form, among the earliest of wine label designs.  Quite typically is 'flat-chased' around the outside with fruiting vine with leaves and tendrils.  The plain centre is engraved HOCK.

Until the second half of the 20th century, 'Hock' was a much favoured wine by the British.  German wine (for that is what it is) was made semi-sweet, but its huge popularity waned following the discovery of illegal additives, but by that time, more specific vineyards were being promoted and the generic 'Hock' was abandoned.

The label is in general excellent condition although there is a very small manufacturing split to the upper right side which can be seen clearly in the image.  The back of the label is also gilded, and there are tiny traces of copper showing through it in the central area.  I have actually slightly 'enhanced' that image, but inreality the copper is difficult to see.

Date: c.1760

Dimensions: 2.2", 5.6 cm. wide

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