Bottle ticket

ca. 1790 (made)

Wallis, Thomas (II)

Height: 1 in, Length: 1.75 in

M.428-1944 MET

Silver, no hallmarks, London ca.1790, mark of Thomas Wallis II

Bottle ticket with the letter R-PORT. Silver, curved band with bright cut edge and leaves above; chain attached.

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. This silver ticket probably refers to port, a fortified wine from the Oporto region of 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. 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 the designs and technical advances in metalware generally.

P. J. Cropper Bequest

Location: In Storage

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