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Bottle ticket (sauce label)

Bottle ticket (sauce label)

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1820-1821 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robins, John (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, pierced

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The history of bottle tickets provides a fascinating insight into English eating, drinking and personal habits. 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. Their function was to identify the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. These tickets also illustrate in miniature, the skills of the silversmith over the last two hundred years. While the variety of styles and materials were enormous, silver bottle tickets tended to reflect fashionable designs in metalware generally. Makers were quick to adapt the many technical advances of the 18th and 19th centuries to the manufacture of bottle tickets.

Physical description

Bottle ticket with the word HARVEY (pierced lettering). Silver, fancy escutcheon with repousse border of shells and leafy scrolls: chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1820-1821 (made)


Robins, John (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, pierced

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of John Robins

London hallmarks for 1820-21



Height: 0.75 in, Length: 1.25 in

Descriptive line

Silver, mark of John Robins, London hallmarks for 1820-1821





Subjects depicted

Shells; Vine scrolls


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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