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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1840-1841 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rawlings and Summers (sponsors)

  • 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 in the form of a capital S would have identified any contents beginning with that letter, for example sherry.

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 fashionable designs and technical advances in metalware generally.

Physical description

Bottle ticket in the form of a Roman capital S. Silver, modelled with leafy scrolls and a fillet; chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1840-1841 (made)


Rawlings and Summers (sponsors)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, engraved.

Marks and inscriptions

Mark (overstruck on another) for Rawlings and Sumners

London hallmarks for 1840-41

The reverse engraved with two crests(unidentified): (1) on a naval crown, a squirrel sejant, (2) a hand holding a dagger in pale.



Height: 1.5 in, Length: 1 in

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1840-41, mark of Rawlings and Sumners




Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Hand; Dagger; Squirrel


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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