Bottle ticket

1795-1796 (made)

Hyde, James

Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2 in

M.1115-1944 MET

Silver, London hallmarks for 1795-6, mark of James Hyde

One of a pair of bottle tickets, bearing the words, "PORT" and "WHITE", this example with the word white refering to white port. Silver, repousse and engraved: the lettering on a widened heraldic wreath surmounted by an amoured arm, couped and embowed, resting on the elbow, the hand open (Armstrong); chains attached.

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

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

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: Silver, room 65, case 16

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