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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver with pierced lettering

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 with the CLARET in pierced lettering, Electroplate with vine leaf decoration and chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1840 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver with pierced lettering

Marks and inscriptions

No marks



Height: 1.75 in, Length: 2.875 in

Descriptive line

Electroplate, England ca.1840


Nickel silver; Silver


Piercing; Electroplating

Subjects depicted

Vine leaves


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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