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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)
    England (label, probably, made)

  • Date:

    1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Boar's tusks mounted in silver, a silver label attached by two chains.

  • 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 BRANDY. A pair of boar's tusks forming a down curving crescent with silver mounts, chain and a red tassel at each point; from the central mount a repoussé silver label in the form of a flying vine crowned cherub holding a festoon of drapery, hanging by two, short chains (one broken). Indian but the label itself, probably English.

Place of Origin

India (made)
England (label, probably, made)


1850-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Boar's tusks mounted in silver, a silver label attached by two chains.

Marks and inscriptions

No marks



Height: 4.75 in, Length: 5.25 in

Descriptive line

Bottle ticket for Brandy, boar's tusks mounted in silver, label attached, India and England, 1850-1900


Tusk; Silver



Subjects depicted

Vines; Cherub; Festoon


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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