Antique sterling silver hand made bottle tag or label hand engraved with SHERRY and impressed with its makers touchmark J.P.P on the back (the dots after each initial occur midway up each letter). The tag's octagonal double reeded shape and the style of the stamped maker's mark suggests that it may be from a nineteenth century American, Irish or Scottish silversmith (i.e., 1800s). This hanging bottle ticket also still has an antique chain attached to it that is made of brass links individual cut and formed from special stock (each round link was hand soldered closed as the chain was formed). The thin brass stock used to make each link was slightly convex on one side (now the exterior face on each link) and flat on the other side (now the interior face on each link) much like a hand ring or wedding band. The old brass chain is attached to the tag at each end by a larger intermediary link made out of round silver stock and not flattened like the brass links (see all photos). The age of this brass chain is more than 120 years old, however the age of sterling bottle label may be much older. The chain is worn but perfect and the tag itself is in fair to good condition although polishing and wear have greatly reduced the SHERRY lettering to ghost-like images with the middle portion mostly invisible (see all photos).
The bottle tag fits most any wine bottle from the average size wine bottle of today or one from the last 240 years. It also fits larger bottles such as the double magnum bottle shown in the last photo (all bottles shown in the photos are not for sale here). You are only purchasing the sterling silver SHERRY bottle tag with its hanging chain and not any of the bottles shown in the photos. Eight sided sterling hanging bottle tags were popular from the late 1700s on through the mid 19th century. In some areas, these octagonal bottle tags continued to be produced into the 20th century, however most post 1860 examples were typically stamped blanks or planchets produced by machines with wine and liquor names machine stamped or cutout rather than hand engraved. Also, these later examples have machine stamped reeded edges or other more intricate designs all stamped by machinery rather than hand chased, embossed or engraved. The bottle tag offered here has hand chased reeding along its edges and was hand cut and shaped from a silver sheet stock. This tag also has 925 impressed on its backside along with an old owner's inventory number of 5102 lightly hand scratched and the stamped three letter mark of its maker (the stamped J.P.P.).
I have been unable to find any silversmiths or companies that used this particular J.P.P. mark. If any viewer knows who mark this is, kindly drop me an email - thanks. All I can say is that the JPP mark on this bottle tag is not the mark used by John Pontius Peterson, a Chicago Arts & Crafts silversmith that produced hand made wares on his own between 1914 and 1949. Peterson's stamped mark is incised into the silver (the letters are punched down into the metal and are not in relief within the rectangle), the periods after his initials are located at the bottom of each letter and each letter lacks serifs or tails. The mark on the bottle tag listed here has letters with serifs and tails and each letter is in relief within the rectangular stamped boundary. Also, the periods after each letter are raised so that they occur midway in height rather than at the bottom of each letter (see photo close up of the letter).
In summary, this bottle tag and chain date from the 1800s. The tag is hand crafted and hand engraved with a reeded outer border also made by hand stamping and punching. The style of the marks on its back side suggest that the tag was made in America, Scotland or Ireland before 1891. So if you are looking for a nice antique bottle tag example with an antique chain, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. Antique American, Scottish or Irish sterling silver hanging bottle tags with identifiable makers can typically sell for $110 to $280 with rarer examples in perfect going for two to three times as much. And as always, this hanging sterling bottle tag also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This sterling bottle tag measures 1 1/2 inches long by 13/16 inches wide. The silver planchet the tag is made from has a thickness of just about 0.5 mm. The circular brass links in the chain have diameters of about 2.2 mm and each link is made from brass stock measuring about 1 mm wide and about 0.2 mm thick. The tag hangs perfectly on the average size wine bottle and also fits well on larger bottles (fit nicely even on the double magnum wine bottle shown in the last photo).
CONDITION: This silver tag itself is in good condition with no dents or tears. The only declaration to mention is the loss of the middle section of each letter due to polishing and wear. Only a ghost outline of the full SHERRY remains visible in reflected light as the photos help illustrate. The brass chain is in excellent condition with no broken or repaired links. The tag has very fine minor scratches none of which are deep and it still has a good polished surface with no corrosion or pitting. If the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this sterling bottle tag for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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