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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1793-1794 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Grey, G. (maker)
    Peter and Ann Bateman (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bright cut silver

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 16 []

The word ‘Hollands’ engraved on this bottle ticket refers to the Dutch spirit ‘Hollands Gin’.

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. Contemporary gazettes begin to refer to ‘labels for bottles’ in the 1770s but it was not until the 1790s that they were established as wine or decanter labels.

These tickets also illustrate, in miniature, the skills of the silversmith over the last two hundred years. While the variety of styles and materials was enormous, silver bottle tickets tended to reflect fashionable designs and technical advances in metalware generally.

Physical description

Bottle Ticket "HOLLANDS" Silver, curved band with scrolled ends and bright cut border from which rises the Prince of Wales's feathers: chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1793-1794 (made)


Grey, G. (maker)
Peter and Ann Bateman (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bright cut silver

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of P & A Bateman overstruck by GG for George Grey

London hallmarks for 1793-4



Height: 1 in, Length: 1.875 in

Object history note

Bequest - P. J. Cropper
per W J Sheldrick
Acquisition RF: 44 / 177

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1793-4, marks of Peter and Ann Bateman overstruck with that of George Grey

Labels and date

London, 1793-4
Mark of Peter and Ann Bateman overstruck by George Grey
The full name for "Hollands" is "Hollands Gin" from the Dutch spirit.
P.J. Cropper Bequest
M.430-1944 []

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail




Bright cutting


Drinking; Metalwork

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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