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Welcome to the Wine Label Circle

The Circle is an association for people interested in wine labels in silver and other materials which identify the contents of decanters and bottles


The Spring Meeting will be held in Salisbury on Monday 15th April 2019, at the offices of auctioneers, Woolley & Wallis. This is set to coincide with their Fine Silver Sale on the following day. We will meet for lunch, view the sale and once public viewing closes, meet with the staff to discuss questions raised by Members concerning buying and selling silver at auction.


The AGM and Autumn Meeting will be in held Corning, New York State over the weekend of 19 October. Local attractions include the Corning Museum of Glass, which has a world class collection of glassware across the ages, and also the Finger Lakes vineyards and its wineries.


Our Journal has been published twice yearly, in the Spring and Autumn, giving members the opportunity to write Papers, Notes and Queries. We are are now moving to less frequent Journals but with shorter Newsletters being distributed to Members on a more frequent basis.

The Labels

A few examples are shown here, others can be found on other pages
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Our Books

Dust JacketThe Circle has published three Books - "Sauce Labels - 1750 - 1950" in 2002, "Wine Labels 1730-2003 - A Worldwide History " in 2004 and "Boudoir Labels" in 2012.
You do not have to be a member to buy and details on how to order can be found on the Books page
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Aspects of the Circle

Wine Labels, also known as decanter labels or bottle tickets, adorn decanters to identify their contents - wines, spirits, sauces, toilet waters or medicines. Bin labels and mounted corks are other areas of interest, but not paper bottle labels

Silver wine labels, labels in silver plate, colourful enamels and mother-of-pearl are the main materials. Both antique silver wine labels and contemporary designs are studied.

Meetings take place in the Spring and the Autumn to view and discuss silver decanter labels and labels in other materials.

Publications include a twice yearly Journal, published in the Spring and Autumn and three Books, all available from the Circle at attractive prices.

Membership is open to all. We will be delighted to answer questions and welcome new members, whatever your interests or knowledge.

Site last updated on 2nd January 2019