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Bottle Ticket

1850-1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Electroplated nickel silver, repoussé
Brief Description
Electroplate, England, 1850-1900
Physical Description
Bottle ticket (one of a pair) with the word RUM. Electroplated nickel silver, oblong with incurved corners and fancy repoussé border of shell and scroll-work; chain attched
Dimensions
  • Height: 2in
  • Length: 2.125in
Marks and Inscriptions
  • No marks
  • RUM
Credit line
P. J. Cropper Bequest
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Associated Object
Collection
Accession Number
M.618-1944

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record createdJanuary 2, 2008
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