9958 A Very Rare Pink Lustre Spode Bin Label for Bronte
This is an extremely rare pottery bin label for Bronte, and one which provokes activity of the grey cells. It is impressed on the back "SPODE 5". Its rarity lies in the fact that the lettering it is not only in upper and lower case cursive script, but also that it is carried out in pink/puce/lilac lustre. Lustre is a form of decoration on pottery giving the decoration an almost metallic sheen.
Marsala was first imported into England in 1773 by Woodhouse, but following Admiral Lord Nelson's enoblement by the King of Naples as Duke of Bronte in 1799, the firm re-named their Marsala, 'Bronte'. This was on account of the naval hero's order for vast quantities of Marsala for the Royal Navy. Silver wine labels for Bronte have been recorded for various dates between 1805 and 1847.
It is illustrated in my Great British Wine Accessories 1550 - 1900 on page 30 , pl. 2/9.
Dimensions: 5.15", 13.1 cm wide
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