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Bottle Ticket

1809-1810 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver, engraved
Brief Description
Silver, London hallmarks for 1809-10, mark of Elizabeth Morley.
Physical Description
Bottle ticket (one of set of seven) with the words RED CURRANT. Silver, oblong with rounded ends, double reeded edge and chain attached.
Dimensions
  • Height: 0.625in
  • Length: 1.25in
Marks and Inscriptions
  • London hallmarks for 1809-10
  • Mark of Elizabeth Morley
  • 'RED CURRANT'
Credit line
P. J. Cropper Bequest
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
M.163-1944

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record createdApril 13, 2006
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