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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Dublin (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Teare, John (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cut and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by P.J. Cropper

  • Museum number:

    M.438-1944

  • 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 PORT. Silver, oblong with cut corners, double reeded edge and chain attached; above, a shield supported on scrolls and engraved with the crest of a moor's head (for Annesley).

Place of Origin

Dublin (made)

Date

ca.1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Teare, John (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cut and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

No hallmarks

Mark of John Teare

Engraved with the crest of a moor's head (for Annesley)

Dimensions

Height: 1.375 in, Length: 1.875 in

Descriptive line

Bottle ticket, silver, Dublin, ca.1800, mark of John Teare

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Crest

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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