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Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver, repoussé and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • 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 (one of a pair) with the word CLARET (raised lettering). Electroplated nickel silver, repoussé, rounded oblong suroounded by a wreath of leaves and surmounted by a garter with the Codrington arms and engraved with the motto VULTUS IN HOSTEM, enclosing a naval crown inscribed NAVARIN, from which rise three flags, the union jack in the middle; chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver, repoussé and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

Engraved with the arms of Codrington, enclosing a naval crown inscribed NAVARIN.



Length: 7.2 cm, Width: 4.9 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Electroplate, England, ca.1850-1900.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Barlow, Sir Thomas, 'Some Naval Occasions', The Wine Label Circle Journal, vol. 10, no. 6 (Dec 1998)


Nickel silver; Silver


Electroplating; Repoussé; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Order of the Garter; Flags; Crown; Wreath


Metalwork; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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