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Cork pin

Cork pin

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate, a laminate of sterling silver, fused to a copper core; mother-of-pearl

  • 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

Cork pin with the word BRANDY. Sheffield plate ring enclosing a mother-of-pearl plate on which the name is engraved with Gothic lettering.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1800-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate, a laminate of sterling silver, fused to a copper core; mother-of-pearl

Marks and inscriptions

No marks



Height: 3.75 in, Length: 1.25 in

Descriptive line

Sheffield plate and mother-of-pearl, no marks, England, ca.1800-50.


Sheffield plate; Abalone


Engraving (incising)


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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