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Georgian Silver Madeira Wine Label - Unregistered Makers Mark     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1830
Period: George III
Year: 1805
Silversmith: Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson
Place: London
Price: $ 280.00
Weight: 12 grams
Dimensions: 5.0 cm
Condition: Excellent, including original chain.

Description: A Georgian silver wine label, with original engraving for Madeira, by the Phipps family of silversmiths, who have been described as one of the best known London firms producing labels (Wine Labels 1730-2003, page 168). The label is rectangular with fully rounded ends, and has a reeded border (note this is classified as a rectangular label rather than an oval label, which are more eye shaped (Wine labels page 51). The label has 2 holes for the suspensory rings connected to the original chain. The label is also engraved with original owners initials RB on the back just above the hallmarks. The hallmarks are very crisp and clear, they could not be better, the detail of hair on the duty mark and mane on the lion passant are clearly visible. The makers mark is interesting, TP over ER in quatrefoil punch, without pellets. This is an unregistered punch, not recorded in Grimwade (London Goldsmiths 1697-1837), Phipps and Robinson usual registered punch, similar but with clearly defined pellets, Grimwade 2891, used between 1783 and 1805, is the makers mark usually encountered. The book Wine Labels 1730-2003 notes the presence of this unregistered punch (page 168), but says "it has been seen on it's own and accompanied by the duty mark and lion passant, but not with a date letter". This label has the unregistered punch with date letter K for 1805, so we can now date the use of this unregistered punch. The reason for silversmiths possessing unregistered punches still requires further research, perhaps they were made to replace worn punches, and it was seen as too much trouble or expense to register the punch.
Georgian Silver Madeira Wine Label - Unregistered Makers Mark
Madeira silver wine label - georgian sterling silver

Georgian Silver Madeira Wine Label - Unregistered Makers Mark
Georgian silver madeira wine label - unregistered makers mark

Georgian Silver Madeira Wine Label - Unregistered Makers Mark
Antique silver madeira wine label - back

Georgian Silver Madeira Wine Label - Unregistered Makers Mark
phipps & robinson silver hallmarks - antique wine label, unregistered mark

Georgian Silver Madeira Wine Label - Unregistered Makers Mark
phipps robinson wine label - scale

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