Silver, mark of Joseph Willmore, Birmingham hallmarks for 1824-1825
Bottle ticket (for a cruet bottle) with the words LEMON PICKLE. Silver, kidney shaped, the inscription engraved within a double line border; chain attached.
This engraved ticket was intended for a cruet bottle containing lemon pickle. 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