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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver, engraved

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.192-1944

  • 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 (one of a set of three) with the word FONTONIAC. Electroplated nickel silver, oblong with cut corners, reeded and beaded edge and chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1850-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

'FONTONIAC'

Dimensions

Height: 0.75 in, Length: 1.25 in

Descriptive line

Electroplate, England, ca.1850-1900.

Materials

Nickel silver; Silver

Techniques

Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Beading (edging pattern); Reeding

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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