CLARET WINE SEAL MATRIX THOMSON LAUDER & Co. 1864 LEITH Glass wine bottles were ‘sealed’ by placing a molten blob of glass or and later sealing wax on the shoulder of a bottle and impressing it with a seal, thus indicating what product it contained.This seal is about an inch ( 2.25 centimeters ) in diameter and is attached to a wood handle, standing approximately 4 inches ( 10 centimeters ) high. This is from Thomson Lauder & Co. ( 1864 ) which began operations in the early 1700’s and reached it’s zenith about 30 years after this dated seal. It was in 1890 that they acquired another merchant, Scott & Allan who were cork cutters and also Port dealers. Although Clarets are akin to rose Bordeaux and thought to be popular among the French, it is most favored by the English as an after dinner drink. .