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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Abalone, neck ring

  • Credit Line:

    P.J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.1417-1944

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 11

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 PONTAC. Abalone, splayed hoop.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

mid 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Abalone, neck ring

Marks and inscriptions

PONTAC

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.4 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177
Bequest - P.J. Cropper
per W J Sheldrick
There were two Pontacs - one in France, one in S. Africa. This ticket probably refers to the one in France if part of a set with M.1418 and M.1419.

Descriptive line

Abalone, England, ca.1850.

Materials

Abalone

Categories

Drinking

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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