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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1809-1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    E. Robinson and T. Phipps (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. The word Madeira on this label refers to the rich fortified wine produced on the island of Madeira. 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 MADEIRA. Silver, octagonal, engraved with a double line border and chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1809-1810 (made)


E. Robinson and T. Phipps (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Engraved silver

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Phipps and Robinson

London hallmarks for 1809-10



Height: 0.75 in, Length: 1.375 in

Descriptive line

Silver, mark of Phipps and Robinson, London hallmarks for 1809-1810






Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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