Not currently on display at the V&A

Bottle Ticket

ca. 1850-1900 (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
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Electroplated nickel silver, engraved.
Brief Description
Electroplate, no marks, England ca.1850-1900.
Physical Description
Bottle ticket in the form of the letter S. Electroplated nickel silver in the form of a Gothic capital engraved and incorporating the additional lettering HERRY to spell the word SHERRY; chain attached.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1.75in
  • Length: 1.5in
Marks and Inscriptions
  • No marks
  • 'SHERRY'
Credit line
P. J. Cropper Bequest
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.1244-1944

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record createdJuly 20, 2006
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