A late 18th century provincial silver Wine Label for ‘Beer’.
A provincial silver Wine Label, engraved for ‘Beer’ circa 1775. The scroll form label with chased gadroon edge and the title engraved between stylised chased flowers, the oval cartouche above engraved with owner’s initals and with a stylised rope trefoil. Struck twice on the reverse with an indecipherable maker’s mark.
Beer is an unusual title but, as is pointed out in ‘wine Labels 1730-2003, a Worldwide History, p. 197, ‘Ale, Beer and Cyder can be found from around 1740 to 1770 and, very occasionally, the later decades of the eighteenth century, reflecting the fact that these beverages were served at breakfast in the houses of landed gentry until they were replaced by tea and coffee around the turn of the century.’
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