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Bottle Ticket

1823-1824 (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. This silver ticket identifies the contents as Madeira, a fortified wine named after the island where it was produced.

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
Silver, pierced and engraved
Brief Description
Silver, Birmingham hallmarks for 1823-4, mark of Joseph Willmore.
Physical Description
Bottle ticket with the word MADEIRA. Silver, pierced and engraved, round ended ribbon surrounded by openwork vine leaves, tendrils and grapes; chain attached.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1.5in
  • Length: 2.25in
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Mark of Joseph Willmore
  • Birmingham hallmarks for 1823-4
  • MADEIRA
Credit line
P. J. Cropper Bequest
Subjects depicted
Summary
Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. This silver ticket identifies the contents as Madeira, a fortified wine named after the island where it was produced.



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.1079-1944

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record createdFebruary 7, 2005
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