5003 A magnificent silver-gilt wine label for PORT
This wine label is finely cast in the form of a garland of fruiting vine and foliage supporting a tassled drape pierced with the legend 'PORT'. It is, without daoubt, one of the grandest models ever produced, and this is borne out by its being used by the Royal Family. The label was made by Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith in 1806 - a year in which they appear to have made many such wine labels.
Scott & Smith worked for the Royal silversmiths, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, and at the time this label was made, they were the principal designer (Scott) and silversmith (Smith), positions later taken by Paul Storr. A set of three labels of the same design and date were made for Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) and recently seen bearing her cypher above the wine names.
Dimensions: 3.2", 81.5 mm wide
Weight: 44 grams, 1oz.8 dwt.