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Bottle Ticket

ca. 1725-1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. The word 'Claret' in pierced lettering on this ticket is the English term for the red wine of Bordeaux in south-west France. It was teated for the English market to make a strong wine with good flavour but 'heady and not suitable for all stomachs'.

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 the designs and technical advances in metalware generally.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Engraved silver
Brief Description
Silver, no marks, England, ca.1725-1750
Physical Description
Bottle ticket with the word CLARET (pierced lettering), one of a set of three. Silver, shaped oblong with scalloped corners, engraved scrollwork and chain attached.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1.125in
  • Length: 1.625in
Marks and Inscriptions
  • No marks
  • CLARET
Credit line
P. J. Cropper Bequest
Summary
Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. The word 'Claret' in pierced lettering on this ticket is the English term for the red wine of Bordeaux in south-west France. It was teated for the English market to make a strong wine with good flavour but 'heady and not suitable for all stomachs'.



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 the designs and technical advances in metalware generally.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
M.508-1944

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record createdDecember 23, 2004
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