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Cast Georgian Silver Sherry Vine Leaf Wine Label - Benjamin Smith     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11027
Period: William IV
Year: 1832
Silversmith: Benjamin Smith II
Place: London
Price: $ 540.00
Weight: 41 grams
Dimensions: 6.5 cm * 7.0 cm
Condition: Excellent, original chain also perfect.

Description: A fabulous cast silver vine leaf wine label, pierced for Sherry, made by Benjamin Smith II for Rundell & Bridge. The label is single leaf, symmetrical in design, with textured finish, with a vine branch for attachment to the chain. The label is large and heavy, at 41 grammes one of the heaviest we have encountered. Most vine leaf labels are stamped from dies, and as such are much lighter. The book "Wine Labels 1730 -2003" notes that "Philip Rundell and Benjamin Smith III produced elegant cast symmetrical leaf labels" (page 90), and they depict a similar label, for Burgundy (fig 342, page 91), but with different vine stem design. The hallmarks are clear for 1832, no town mark is present. The makers mark BS in rectangular shield is clearly visible, but slightly obscured by the underlying texture of the leaf. This is mark 230 in Grimwade "London Goldsmiths" for Benjamin Smith II, different in shape and style from the marks used by Benjamin Smith III, his son, so at odds with quote from Wine Labels above. Benjamin Smith II first worked with Matthew Boulton, where he was known as an "ingenious chaser", but thanks to his "difficult and irascible nature" did not last long (Grimwade page 662. During his later career he "manufactured almost entirely for Rundell & Bridge" (Royal Goldsmiths), a number of items produced by Smith are in the Royal Collection.
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