9898 A Part Set Of Circular Bin Numbers
Bin numbers were usually made circular and about 3" (75mm) diameter. They were particualrly popular in the second half of the 19th century when wine drinking burgeoned, and English gentlemen started buying wine in large quantities, laying it down in their copious cellars. Each number would correspond with an entry in the cellar book so that any given wine could be found easily.
Complete sets of bin numbers are very seldom found intact as they were usually screwed to the cellar walls, and became damaged or broken when being taken down. Numbers usually ran to 3, 4, 5 or 6 dozen, but longer sets have been recorded. It may be presumed that these ran to 6 dozen, but that someone had all the early numbers, as there are now only 17 left. Nevertheless they are still usable.
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