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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass, pierced and repoussé

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.1281-1944

  • 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 pair) with the word PORT. Brass, crescent shaped with cut out Roman capitals, flanked by dogs and floral scrolls; chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Brass, pierced and repoussé

Marks and inscriptions

'PORT'

Dimensions

Length: 5.7 cm, Width: 5.3 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Brass, England, ca.1800-1900.

Materials

Brass

Techniques

Piercing; Repoussé

Subjects depicted

Floral scrolls; Dogs (animals); Capital letters

Categories

Metalwork; Drinking

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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