Electroplate bottle ticket, England, about 1845
Bottle ticket with the word PORT in pierced lettering. Electroplate, vine leaf motif with chain attached.
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 the fortified port wine made in Portugal. 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.
P. J. Cropper Bequest
Location: In Storage