Bottle ticket

ca. 1805 (made)


Length: 5.0 cm, Width: 5.6 cm

M.1116-1944 MET

Silver, no marks, England, ca.1805

Bottle ticket with the word CLARET. Silver, tasselled ribbon surmounted by an anchor and rope, chain attached.

The word claret on this bottle ticket is the English term for the light, red wine of Bordeaux in south-west France. It was treated for the English market to make a strong wine with good flavour but ‘heady and not suitable for all stomachs’. 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 in metalware generally.

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177 Bequest - P.J. Cropper per W J Sheldrick From a pair “Port”

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: In Storage

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