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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1792-1793 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peter and Ann Bateman (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, bright cut and pierced

  • 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 PORT. Silver, with bright cut border and semi-circle of pierced scrollwork above; chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1792-1793 (made)


Peter and Ann Bateman (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, bright cut and pierced

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1791-2

Mark of Peter and Ann Bateman



Height: 0.625 in, Length: 1.75 in

Descriptive line

Silver bottle ticket, London hallmarks for 1792-3, mark of Peter and Ann Bateman.




Piercing; Bright cutting

Subjects depicted



Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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