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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1877-1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robert Hennell & Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, 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 is engraved with an unidentified crest and hangs by a ring rather than a chain. It identifies the contents as sherry, a fortified wine from Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.

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 SHERRY. Silver, rectangular with hat shaped projection at the top, the whole with feathered edges and a ring attached; the lettering, voided.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1877-1878 (made)


Robert Hennell & Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of RH for Robert Hennell & Sons

London hallmarks for 1877-8

Engraved with a crest ( agrey hound's head erased, collared with a ducal coronet and holding in its mouth a key in pale, the wards in base) Unidentified.



Height: 1.5 in, Length: 2.25 in, Diameter: 2.5 in ring

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1877-8, mark of Robert Hennell & Sons.




Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted



Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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