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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Cork (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Walsh (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, pierced and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The word BOAL on this ticket refers to a high quality type of Madeira. This sweet full-bodied wine takes it name from the island where it was produced. 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

One of a pair, with the word BOAL engraved (name has been altered, a later engraving). Silver openwork, ribbon across cupid with bottle and goblet among vines and scrolls; chain attached.

Place of Origin

Cork (made)


ca. 1770 (made)


Walsh (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, pierced and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

Maker's name of WALSH

No hallmarks

Engraved with the word BOAL


Length: 2.25 in, Height: 2 in

Descriptive line

Silver, Cork, ca.1770, marked Walsh




Piercing; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Bottle; Vines; Cupid; Scrolls; Goblet


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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