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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1817-1818 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Abdy, William II (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, chased

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J.H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The history of bottle tickets provides a fascinating insight into English eating, drinking and personal habits. 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. Their function was to identify the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. These tickets also illustrate in miniature the skills of the silversmith over the last two hundred years. While the variety of styles and materials were enormous, silver bottle tickets tended to reflect fashionable designs in metalware generally. Makers were quick to adapt the many technical advances of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Physical description

Bottle ticket with the word CONSTANTIA. Oblong, with chased border of ribbed ornament and shells; chain for suspension.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1817-1818 (made)


Abdy, William II (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, chased

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1817-18

Mark of William Abdy II



Height: 0.8125 in, Width: 1.6875 in

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1817-18, mark of William Abdy II.





Subjects depicted



Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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