Bottle ticket

1827-1828 (made)


Height: 0.9375 in, Length: 1.625 in

1263-1903 MET

Silver, mark of SW, Birmingham hallmarks for 1827-28

Bottle ticket with the word BUCELLAS. Silver, octagonal engraved with a double line border and chain attached.

Bucellas is a type of Portuguese 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.

Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

Location: In Storage

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