E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Clicquot brand, etc., the best brand, etc. That is the merchants or excise mark branded on the article itself, the vessel which contains the article, the wrapper which covers it, the cork of the bottle, etc., to guarantee its being genuine, etc. Madame Clicquot, of champagne notoriety, died in 1866.
He has the brand of villain in his looks. It was once customary to brand the cheeks of felons with an F. The custom was abolished by law in 1822.