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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1818-1819 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Willmore, Joseph (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 in the form of a capital G would have indentified any contents beginning with that letter, for example gin.

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 in the form of a Roman capital G. Silver, modelled with a cherub's head and leaves; chain attached.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1818-1819 (made)


Willmore, Joseph (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Joseph Willmore

Birmingham hallmarks for 1818-19



Height: 1 in, Length: 1 in

Descriptive line

Silver, Birmingham hallmarks for 1818-19, mark of Joseph Willmore



Subjects depicted

Leaves; Cherub


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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