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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1852-1853 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barnard & Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 7 []

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 "PORT" (pierced lettering). Silver, pierced and engraved, upon a wreath a demi-eagle with wings displayed upon two crosses patty; chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1852-1853 (made)


Barnard & Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1852-3

Mark of Edward Barnard & Sons



Length: 4.6 cm, Width: 5.0 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177
Bequest - P.J. Cropper
per W J Sheldrick

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1852-3, mark of Edward Barnard & Sons

Labels and date

London, 1852-3
Mark of Edward Barnard and John Barnard
M.1006-1944 [2000]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail




Engraving (incising); Piercing

Subjects depicted

Wreath ribbon; Eagles (birds)


Metalwork; Drinking

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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