Bottle ticket

ca. 1750 (made)

Drinkwater, Sandylands

Height: 1.25 in, Length: 2.125 in

M.714-1944 MET

Silver, mark of Sandylands Drinkwater, no hallmarks, London, ca.1750

Bottle ticket with the word PORT (on a strip of silver superimposed at a later date). Silver, fancy escutcheon engraved with vines and chain attached.

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. This silver ticket identifies the contents as port, a fortified wine from the area around Oporto 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 the designs and technical advances in metalware generally.

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: In Storage

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