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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pinchbeck, Christopher (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper, cast, engraved and gilt

  • 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 set of five) with the word CLARET. Gilt copper, fancy escutcheon engraved with vines; chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1750 (made)


Pinchbeck, Christopher (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Copper, cast, engraved and gilt

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 1.375 in, Length: 2.125 in

Descriptive line

Gilt copper, London, ca.1750, made by Christopher Pinchbeck


Copper; Gold


Casting; Engraving (incising); Gilding

Subjects depicted



Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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