Antique Silver Spirit Label
Maker: George Unite
A handsome antique sterling silver rum label in the form of a vine leaf pierced for Rum. Excellent detail. Weight...
A handsome antique sterling silver rum label in the form of a vine leaf pierced for Rum. Excellent detail.
Weight 8 grams.
Measures 5.5 x 4 cm.
Maker George Unite.
Marks. Stamped with clear English silver marks on the front.
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.
This useful little label is in very good condition. The finish is crisp and well defined.
Maker: George Unite
George Unite and James Hilliard founded the business in 1825 in Birmingham. The partnership was closed before 1845 and the business was continued by George Unite in Birmingham and London until circa 1865. The firm advertised as manufacturer of Gold and Silver brooches, bracelets, fish carvers, dessert knives and forks, card cases, cake knives, knife fork and spoon, fruit knives, butter knives, pickle forks, caddy shells, sugar scoops and sifters, cups, cigar cases, pens, etc..... The firm became George Unite & Sons in circa 1865 continuing until the death of George Richard Unite in 1897. William Henry Lyde (electroplate manufacturer) took over the business and in 1928 the business became a limited company George Unite Sons & Lyde Ltd
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