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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century-19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamel on copper

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.1486-1944

  • 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 set of four) with the word COGNAC. White enamel on copper with black lettering and border, shaped escutcheon with chain attached.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)

Date

late 18th century-19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamel on copper

Marks and inscriptions

COGNAC

Dimensions

Length: 6.3 cm, Width: 3.5 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177
Bequest - P.J. Cropper
per W J Sheldrick
Named after Scheidam, a town in Holland where gin was distilled.

Descriptive line

Enamel on copper, Netherlands or France, ca.1800-1900.

Materials

Enamel; Copper

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Metalwork; Drinking; Enamels

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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