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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1863-1864 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Francis, Thomas Henry (maker)
    Francis, Frederick (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, pierced

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 6

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. Here the contents would have been a tangerine cordial, a type of soft drink with a fruit base.

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. These tickets also illustrate in miniature the skills of the silversmith over the last two hundred years. While the variety of styles and materials was enormous, silver bottle tickets tended to reflect fashionable designs and technical advances in metalware generally.

Physical description

Bottle ticket (one of a set of three) with the word TANGERINE (pierced lettering). Silver, quatrefoil escutcheon with beaded border surmounted by a crest of a tiger's head erased, chain attached.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1863-1864 (made)


Francis, Thomas Henry (maker)
Francis, Frederick (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, pierced

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of T.H.F & F.F for Thomas Henry Francis and Frederick Francis, sterling, leopard’s head, date letter ‘h’, duty.

London hallmarks for 1863-1864

Crest of a tiger's head, erased (unidentified)



Length: 3.5 cm, Width: 4.5 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177
Bequest - P.J. Cropper
per W J Sheldrick
Tangerine is a cordial.

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1863-1864, mark of Thomas Henry Francis and Frederick Francis

Labels and date

London, 1863-4
Mark of ThomasHenry and Frederick Francis
Crest: a dragon's head
M.1014-1944 [2000]





Subjects depicted

Tiger (animal)


Metalwork; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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