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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1825-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate, a laminate of sterling silver fused on to a copper core, repoussé

  • 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 (one of a pair) with the word HOLLANDS. Sheffield plate, oblong with cut corners, wide border repoussé with scrolls and flowers on a granulated ground and chain attached.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (probably, made)


1825-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate, a laminate of sterling silver fused on to a copper core, repoussé

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2 in

Descriptive line

Bottle ticket, 'HOLLANDS', Sheffield plate, probably made in Sheffield, 1825-1850.


Sheffield plate


Plating; Repoussé

Subjects depicted

Granulation; Scroll-work; Flowers


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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