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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1806-1807 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ash, John II (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.133-1944

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. This silver ticket would have hung round the neck of a decanter or bottle of claret. Claret was the English name for a red wine from the Bordeaux region of south-west France.

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 CLARET, Silver, rectangular with cut corners, double reeded edge and chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1806-1807 (made)

Artist/maker

Ash, John II (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of John Ash II

London hallmarks for 1806-7

CLARET

Dimensions

Height: 0.875 in, Length: 1.625 in

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1806-7, mark of John Ash II

Materials

Silver

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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