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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1800-1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by P.J. Cropper

  • 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 words GEEN SHRUB. Sheffield plate, oblong with rounded ends, reeded and gadrooned border; chain attached

Place of Origin

Sheffield (probably, made)


1800-1840 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate

Marks and inscriptions

No marks



Height: 1 in, Length: 1.875 in

Descriptive line

Bottle ticket, Sheffield plate, possibly made in Sheffield, ca.1800-1840


Sheffield plate

Subjects depicted



Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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