Antique Silver Wine Label


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Object Description

A decorative antique silver bottle ticket with a silver chain. Rectangular form with “AMONTILLADO” engraved to the centre. Excellent quality vine decorated border. Weight 11 grams. Measures 4.8 x 3.6 cm. Birmingham 1848. Maker Yapp & Woodward. Sterling silver.

Amontillado is a variety of sherry wine characterized by being darker than fino but lighter than oloroso. It is named after the Montilla region of Spain, where the style originated in the 18th century, although the name “Amontillado” is sometimes used commercially as a simple measure of colour to label any sherry lying between a fino and an oloroso.

Yapp & Woodward
Yapp & Woodward was a Birmingham silver maker partnership, known for making visiting card cases. Yapp was also partners with Joseph Willmore at one stage and latterly both Yapp and Woodward were partners with Willmore. After the death of Woodward in 1847 Yapp entered into partnership with John Chinn.

Object Literature

Wine labels, also known as “bottle tickets”, appear to have originated in the second quarter of the 18th century. They were made in many attractive designs and are a popular collecting field. Generally, the label is suspended around the neck of the bottle by a chain, although some are formed as plain collars which slip over the neck, or formed as a plain rectangle hinged from a wire ring. Among the many good makers are Hester Bateman and family, Phipps & Robinson, Samuel Bradley, Mary Binley and Paul Storr.

Object Condition

A quality little spirit label in good condition. Stamped with a full set of clear English hallmarks.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

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+44 (0)207 288 1939
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Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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