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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Willmore, Joseph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, pierced

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.749-1944

  • 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 HOLLANDS (pierced lettering). Silver, scroll amid vines; chain attached

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

ca. 1835 (made)

Artist/maker

Willmore, Joseph (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, pierced

Marks and inscriptions

Birmingham hallmarks with the date letter obliterated by piercing

Mark of Joseph Willmore

HOLLANDS

Dimensions

Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2.25 in

Descriptive line

Silver, Birmingham ca.1835, mark of Joseph Willmore

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Piercing

Subjects depicted

Vines

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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