3 Fine Crested Georgian Wine Labels John Reily, c. 1820
Fine set of three Georgian wine labels or tickets -- for madeira, port and claret -- by the renowned maker John Reily. They are cast and have a griffin crest. The definitive book, “Wine Labels,” edited and co-authored by John Salter says (p. 154) that Reily was one of five silversmiths in the generation that came to prominence around 1820 who “are particularly worthy of mention for the quality of their product and their contribution to original design.” The book also cites the particular design of these labels (figure 553, p. 155) and says: “From about 1810 Reily’s work started to improve dramatically....He introduced a distinctive border of ‘reed and tie' scrolls with shells...” These three are hallmarked for 1820. Condition is excellent.