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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

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.323-1944

  • 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 GIN (pierced lettering). Electroplated nickel silver, fancy escutcheon with raised edge and chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

GIN

Dimensions

Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2.25 in

Descriptive line

Electroplate, England, ca.1875

Materials

Nickel silver; Silver

Techniques

Piercing

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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