Bottle ticket

1829-1830 (made)

C. Gibson

Height: 1 in, Length: 2 in

M.640-1944 MET

Silver, London hallmarks for 1829-1830, mark of C, Gibson.

Bottle ticket, (one of a pair) with the word PORT (pierced lettering). Silver, scrolls with border of shells and vines and chain (now detached).

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. Here the pierced lettering identifies the contents as port, a fortified wine from Oporto in Portugal that was particularly popular in Britain. 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.

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177 Bequest - P.J. Cropper per W J Sheldrick Of a pair "Sherry"

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: In Storage

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