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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1814-1815 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robins, T. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, reeded and gadrooned

  • 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 was 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, oblong in shape with rounded corners, reeded and gadrooned edges, and chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1814-1815 (made)


Robins, T. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, reeded and gadrooned

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1814-15

Maker's mark for T. Robins.



Length: 5.5 cm, Height: 2.2 cm

Object history note

Given by P.J. Cropper

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1814-1815, mark of T. Robins.



Subjects depicted

Reeding; Gadrooning


Metalwork; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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