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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver, repousse

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.1167-1944

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

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.

This example is made of electroplated nickel silver. In this process the nickel base has been coated with a thin layer of silver deposited onto it by electrolysis. The British firm Elkington & Co. pioneered the electroplating technique in the 1830s and by the 1840s it rapidly replaced Sheffield plate.

Physical description

Bottle ticket (one of set of four) in the form of an ornate Roman capital "P". Electroplated nickel silver, repousse with flowers and leafy scrolls; chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver, repousse

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

W

Dimensions

Length: 5.3 cm, Width: 4.5 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Electroplate, no marks, England ca.1850

Materials

Nickel silver; Silver

Techniques

Electroplating; Repoussé

Subjects depicted

Vine scrolls; Flowers

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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