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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate, a laminate of sterling silver fused to a copper core

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.1008-1944

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 1

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 "RUM" (pierced lettering). Sheffield plate, pierced and repousse, a label rising to a trefoil form and enclosed by two eagles heads issuing from a bunch of oak leaves and acorns below.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1820-1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate, a laminate of sterling silver fused to a copper core

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

RUM

Dimensions

Length: 7.0 cm, Width: 5.9 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Sheffield plate, no marks, Sheffield? ca.1820-30.

Materials

Sheffield plate

Techniques

Piercing; Repoussé

Subjects depicted

Oak leaf; Acorn; Eagles (birds)

Categories

Metalwork; Drinking

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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