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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tiger's claws with engraved silver mounts

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • 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 SHERRY. A pair of tiger's claws with silver mounts and chain.

Place of Origin

India (made)


ca. 1850-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tiger's claws with engraved silver mounts

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

Engraved on the reverse with HYDERABAD 1897, above a garter and gorge enclosing a crest, a boar's head erased, (unidentified), and surmounted by a marquess's coronet.



Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2.25 in

Descriptive line

Pair of tiger's claws set with silver mounts (no marks), India, ca.1850-1900.


Silver; Tiger's claw


Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Coronet; Boar; Garter


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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