Not currently on display at the V&A

Bottle Ticket

1843-1844 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This bottle ticket would have hung round the neck of a bottle or decanter of sherry. This fortified wine comes from the area around Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver, pierced and engraved
Brief Description
Silver, mark of Rawlings and Summers, London hallmarks for 1843-1844
Physical Description
Bottle ticket with the word SHERRY. Silver, pierced and engraved, oblong with border of scrolled strapwork, chain attached.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1.25in
  • Length: 2.5in
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Mark of Rawlings and Summers
  • London hallmarks for 1843-4
  • SHERRY
Credit line
P. J. Cropper Bequest
Subject depicted
Summary
This bottle ticket would have hung round the neck of a bottle or decanter of sherry. This fortified wine comes from the area around Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.



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.
Collection
Accession Number
M.1063-1944

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdDecember 23, 2004
Record URL