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Advert for the Dolphin, Wine and Spirit Sellers

Advert for the Dolphin, Wine and Spirit Sellers

Printer: Simpkins

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Evan.7441

Item number: 7441

Genre: Leaflet

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In 19th century England people's drink of choice was limited by circumstance and their finances. The working classes tended to drink beer, ale, gin and cider; while the middle and upper classes drank wine and imported brandy. Wine was very strictly taxed and only the wealthy could afford to buy it. Some 80% of wine drunk at this time was sherry and port. Adulteration of wine in the 19th century was common, with as much as one-fifth of the wine in England altered in some way.

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