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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1823-1824 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Willmore, Joseph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, pierced and engraved

  • 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. 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.

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.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1823-1824 (made)


Willmore, Joseph (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, pierced and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Joseph Willmore

Birmingham hallmarks for 1823-4



Height: 1.5 in, Length: 2.25 in

Descriptive line

Silver, Birmingham hallmarks for 1823-4, mark of Joseph Willmore.




Piercing; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Ribbon; Vine leaves; Grapes


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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