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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Dublin (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Teare, John (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, modelled

  • 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 in the form of a capital C would have identified any contents beginning with that letter, for example claret or champagne.

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(one of a pair) in the form of a Roman capital C. Silver, modelled with floral scrolls; chain attached.

Place of Origin

Dublin (made)


ca. 1830 (made)


Teare, John (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, modelled

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of John Teare

No hallmarks


Marked LAW


Height: 1 in, Length: 1 in

Descriptive line

Silver, no hallmarks, Dublin ca.1830, mark of John Teare





Subjects depicted

Floral scrolls


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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