Bottle ticket

1843-1844 (made)

Rawlings & Summers

Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2.5 in

M.1058-1944 MET

Silver, mark for Rawlings and Summers, London hallmarks for 1843-1844

Bottle ticket with the word PORT. Silver, pierced and engraved, escutcheon with border of scrolled strapwork and chain attached

This label would have hung round the neck of a bottle or decanter of port wine. 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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