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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1866-1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richard Hodd and William Linley (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, chased and pierced

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • 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 pierced lettering on this silver ticket identifies the contents as gin.

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.

Physical description

Bottle ticket with the word GIN (pierced lettering). Silver, ribbon above a vine leaf and grapes with chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1866-1867 (made)


Richard Hodd and William Linley (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, chased and pierced

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Richard Hodd and William Linley

London hallmarks for 1866-7



Height: 2 in, Length: 2.5 in

Descriptive line

Silver, mark of Richard Hodd and William Linley, London hallmarks for 1866-7




Chasing; Piercing

Subjects depicted

Ribbon; Vine leaves; Grapes


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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