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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate, laminate of silver fused on to copper core

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.738-1944

  • 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 (one of a set of four) with the word MOUNTAIN. Sheffield plate, (plated on one side only), fancy escutcheon with a scrolled border and designs of vines and flowers; chain attached

Place of Origin

Sheffield (probably, made)

Date

1750-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate, laminate of silver fused on to copper core

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

MOUNTAIN

Dimensions

Height: 1.5 in, Length: 2.25 in

Descriptive line

Sheffield plate, Sheffield, ca.1750-1800

Materials

Sheffield plate

Techniques

Embossing

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (motifs); Flowers; Vines

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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