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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1816-1817 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elliott, William (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 identifies the contents as port, a fortified wine from the Douro valley in Portugal.

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 (one of set of four) with the word "PORT" (pierced lettering). Silver, escutcheon with raised border of vines and scrolls, and a lion's mask above.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1816-1817 (made)


Elliott, William (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1816-17

Mark of William Elliot.



Length: 6.2 cm, Width: 4.9 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177
Bequest - P.J. Cropper
per W J Sheldrick
From four - Madeira

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1816-17, mark of William Elliot.

Subjects depicted

Mask; Scrollwork; Vines


Metalwork; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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