Bottle ticket

ca. 1790 (made)


Height: 2 in, Length: 2.375 in

M.374-1944 MET

Silver, no marks, England ca.1790

Bottle ticket (one of a pair) with the word BUCELLAS. Silver, crescent with engraved border, coronet and crest of Sefton (a cap of maintenance and triple plume).

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. This silver ticket identifies the contents as Bucellas, a type of Portuguese wine. 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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