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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850-1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver, pierced and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.1093-1944

  • 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 "PORT" Electroplated nickel silver, engraved and pierced in the form of a barrel surmounted and flanked by vine branches; chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1850-1875 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver, pierced and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

PORT

Dimensions

Length: 5.8 cm, Width: 5.2 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Electroplate, England ca.1850-75

Materials

Nickel silver; Silver

Techniques

Electroplating; Piercing; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Barrels (containers); Vines

Categories

Metalwork; Drinking

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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