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Bottle ticket
  • Bottle ticket
    Boulton, Matthew, born 1728 - died 1809
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Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boulton, Matthew, born 1728 - died 1809 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt brass, repousse

  • 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 with the word "MOUNTAIN." Gilt brass, crescent with reeded edges enclosing a shiels shaped plaque repousse with a bunch of grapes and chain attached.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (possibly, made)


19th century (made)


Boulton, Matthew, born 1728 - died 1809 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gilt brass, repousse

Marks and inscriptions

No marks



Length: 4.5 cm, Width: 4.0 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Gilt brass, no marks, England 19th century

Labels and date

Gilt brass
Britsih, 19th century
M.657-1944 [2000]




Gilding; Repoussé

Subjects depicted

Shields (motifs)


Metalwork; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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