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There are various theories of the origin of these curious labels but most agree on an Eastern source, either China or India.
It can be noted that "..the bat is a potent symbol of happiness in Chinese iconography while it would appear not to feature in Indian symbolism.","...these labels are nearly always unmarked,....In China the bat is a symbol of longevity and happiness, so its outstretched wings are therefore well suited for displaying the name of the wine that leads to these desirable achievements." 'Wine Labels 1730-2003 A Worldwide History', edited and co-authored by John Salter, Antique Collectors' Club in association with The Wine Label Circle, 2004 edition, page 349/98.
|Height||54.00 mm||(2.13 inches)|
|Width||90.00 mm||(3.54 inches)|