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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Chester (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bowes, Robert (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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, pointed oval with chain.

Place of Origin

Chester (made)


ca. 1825 (made)


Bowes, Robert (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Mark of RB for Robert Bowes?

No hallmarks



Height: 0.75 in, Length: 1.25 in

Descriptive line

Silver, Chester ca.1825, mark of Robert Bowes?




Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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