9872 An important silver-gilt wine label for Hock

9872 An important silver-gilt wine label for Hock

Code: 9872

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This is among the grandest of English wine labels. It is formed as a leopard's pelt amid bunches of grapes and vine leaves centered by a pelta shield with a matted centre and with the cast raised legend HOCK. It is suspended by a heavy-guage belcher chain, and was made by Charles Reily and George Storer.

This pattern of wine label was originally used by the celebrated silversmith Paul Storr soon after 1810 and proved popular with the aristocracy who favoured the opulence of silver gilt to 'white' silver and with massive cast decoration to lighter weight forms of ornament.

The similarity of this label to Storr's earlier productions suggests that the mould from which it was cast was acquired by Reily and Storer for their later use - perhaps to extend sets that were already in customers' homes.

The image we had for this label was colour-inaccurate and has now been replaced with one which looks like the label itself!  Please note the close-up of the marks and the back of the label.

Date: 1833

Dimensions: 2.9", 74 mm wide

Weight: 42 grams