Bottle ticket

1829-1830 (made)

Ledsam, Vale & Wheeler

Height: 1.75 in, Length: 2 in

M.1076-1944 MET

Silver, Birmingham hallmarks for 1829-30, mark of Ledsam, Vale and Wheeler.

Bottle ticket with the word PORT. Silver, pierced and engraved; super imposed round ended ribbon label surrounded by openwork vine leaves (damaged), chain attached.

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. This ticket is slightly damaged. However, the word PORT, which identified the contents, is still clearly legible. 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.

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: In Storage

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