Bottle ticket

ca. 1725-1750 (made)


Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2 in

M.69-1944 MET

Silver, no marks, England ca.1725-50

Bottle ticket with the word LISBON. Silver, rectangular with scalloped corners and slightly curving sides.

The word Lisbon refers to the wine made in the area surrounding the capital city of Portugal. 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.

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: In Storage

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