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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Abalone shell, cut and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    P.J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.1469-1944

  • 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 MADEIRA. Abalone shell, crescent shaped escutcheon engraved with engraved border and chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1750-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Abalone shell, cut and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

'MADEIRA'

Dimensions

Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2 in

Descriptive line

Bottle ticket, 'MADEIRA', Abalone shell, England, 1750-1800.

Materials

Abalone shell

Techniques

Engraving (incising); Cutting (dividing)

Categories

Drinking

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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