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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver with pierced lettering

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.804-1944

  • 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 word BRANDY in pierced lettering. Electroplate, vine leaf motif with chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca.1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver with pierced lettering

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

BRANDY

Dimensions

Height: 2 in, Length: 2 in

Descriptive line

Electroplate bottle ticket, England, about 1850

Materials

Nickel silver; Silver

Techniques

Electroplating

Subjects depicted

Vine leaf

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork; Labels & packaging

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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