Bottle ticket

ca. 1850 (made)


Length: 4.9 cm, Width: 4.8 cm

M.1562-1944 MET

Porcelain, England, ca.1850

Bottle ticket (one of set of twelve) with the word PORT. White porcelain escutcheon with borders of gilt rococo scrolls, gilt lettering and chain attached.

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. The variety of styles and materials was enormous. This example is one of a set of 12 made of porcelain with gilt lettering. The word port probably refers to port wine from 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. Silver bottle tickets tended to reflect fashionable designs and technical advances in metalware generally. During the period 1800-1900, English and French manufacturers also began to supply bottle tickets made in decorated ceramics.

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177 Bequest - P.J. Cropper per W J Sheldrick Probably wine.

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: In Storage

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