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Bottle ticket
  • Bottle ticket
    Thomas Phipps, James Phipps II and Edward Robinson II
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Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1784-1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas Phipps, James Phipps II and Edward Robinson II (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with engraved border

  • 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 is one of a set engraved with the crest of Cavendish (a knotted snake). It 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, oval with engraved border of dog tooth design; above is a small oval cartouche raised on two scroll arms engraved with a crest for Cavendish (a snake knotted), chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1784-1785 (made)


Thomas Phipps, James Phipps II and Edward Robinson II (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver with engraved border

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Phipps and Robinson

London hallmarks for 1784-1785

Engraved with the crest of Cavendish (a snake knotted).



Height: 1.75 in, Length: 1.75 in

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1784-1785, mark of Phipps and Robinson





Subjects depicted

Snake; Crest


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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