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Bottle ticket (sauce label)

Bottle ticket (sauce label)

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1809-1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whitford, Samuel II (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 16

Cayenne is a pungent sauce made from dried and ground capsicum seeds and pods.

The history of bottle tickets provides a fascinating insight into English eating, drinking and personal habits.They were peculiarly English and never became fashionable abroad. 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. Their function was to identify the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. These tickets also illustrate in miniature, the skills of the silversmith over the last two hundred years. While the variety of styles and materials were enormous, silver bottle tickets tended to reflect fashionable designs in metalware generally. Makers were quick to adapt the many technical advances of the 18th and 19th centuries to the design of bottle tickets.

Physical description

Bottle ticket, "CAYENNE". Silver, oblong with a loop at the top and a wire ring for attachments.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1809-1810 (made)


Whitford, Samuel II (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Samuel Whitford II

London hallmarks for 1809-10



Height: 0.5 in, Length: 1.0625 in

Object history note

J.H. Fitzhenry Gift

Descriptive line

Silver, mark of Samuel Whitford II, London hallmarks for 1809-10

Labels and date

London, 1809-10
Mark of Samuel Whitford II
Cayenne is a pungent sauce made from dried and ground capsicum seeds and pods.
J.H. Fitzhenry Gift
1280-1903 []

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail




Eating; Metalwork

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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