Earliest Port corks with branding

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PhilW
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Earliest Port corks with branding

Post by PhilW » 10:05 Wed 01 Mar 2017

Following on from discussion of when branding on the end of corks started, this led to a discussion on when branding was first used on any port corks.

The oldest branded port corks I have seen are Croft 1912 and Cockburn 1912. Others here have opened many more pre-war bottles than I, so may have older examples; Is the 1912 vintage the first to have been bottled (in 1914) with branded corks?

(side question: same query, but for any wine, not just port; ignoring re-corked bottles ofc).

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Re: Earliest Port corks with branding

Post by AHB » 09:21 Fri 03 Mar 2017

I have a photograph of a branded Cockburn 1908 cork which I think was an original cork.

I'd suggest you also post this enquiry on FTLOP and on the Scandinavian websites. There's lots of knowledge there too.
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Re: Earliest Port corks with branding

Post by PhilW » 16:51 Fri 03 Mar 2017

AHB wrote:
09:21 Fri 03 Mar 2017
I have a photograph of a branded Cockburn 1908 cork which I think was an original cork.
Please post a picture if you are able.
AHB wrote:
09:21 Fri 03 Mar 2017
I'd suggest you also post this enquiry on FTLOP and on the Scandinavian websites. There's lots of knowledge there too.
A good suggestion; will do.

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Re: Earliest Port corks with branding

Post by AHB » 23:57 Sat 04 Mar 2017

I found it!
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Re: Earliest Port corks with branding

Post by DRT » 09:57 Sun 05 Mar 2017

Perhaps you could ask Amorim if they have company records that would answer the question?
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Re: Earliest Port corks with branding

Post by uncle tom » 11:00 Fri 10 Mar 2017

I have a Feuerheerd 1896, sold to me a long time ago by Jeffrey Benson. It has no outward identification. He explained that he'd acquired a pair of matching unknown bottles and opened one which revealed its identity on the cork.

Aside from that, the oldest bottle I've ID'd from a cork (I think..) was a Croft 1904 half bottle.

The 1851 unknown shipper that I opened for Richard Mayson's 50th six years ago had the vintage date embossed on the end of the cork, but with no branding on the sides - the only time I've seen this..

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