Bottle ticket

1821-1822 (made)

Bridge, John

Length: 3.5 in, Height: 2.5 in

M.845-1944 MET

Silver, London hallmarks for 1821-2, mark of John Bridge

Bottle ticket with the word "PORT" (pierced lettering). Silver, vine-leaf shaped with heavy chain attached.

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. This ticket identifies the contents as port. 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.

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

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: In Storage

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