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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1840-1841 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, repoussé

  • 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 with the word GIN. Silver, oblong with repoussé border of shells, leaves and gadroons; chain attached.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1840-1841 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, repoussé

Marks and inscriptions

Birmingham hallmarks for 1840-41

Mark indecipherable



Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2 in

Descriptive line

Silver, Birmingham hallmarks for 1840-41, mark indecipherable





Subjects depicted

Shells; Gadroons; Leaves


Drinking; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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