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GEORGIAN SILVER BOTTLE TICKETS

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BOTTLE TICKETS

(another name for Wine, Spirits & Condiment Labels)

    

During the Restoration (1660-1685) in England, a fashion for decanting wine arose.  Wine was stored in the cellar, where it was  

decanted into very dark rudimentary glass bottles, sometimes known as "black onion" bottles. Paper labels were tied to the bottle necks for proper wine identification at the table.  With the emergence of the clear glass decanters in England c1730, more elegant "bottle tickets", also known as wine and decanter labels, first appeared.  These took various shapes - most being slightly curved to conform to the  decanter's shape, and suspended from a belcher chain.  Another popular category is the circular neck ring or collar.  These labels were  engraved or pierced with a multitude of names of wines, cordials, spirits, and condiments.  Most were made of silver or Old Sheffield  Plate, although enamels, abalone, pottery and ivory were also frequently used.  As small and of light in weight, many silver tickets remain  unmarked until 1790.  Few bottle tickets were made after the 1850's, as a result of the Licensing Act of 1860, requiring merchants to label  bottles before sale. 

 

For an excellent history of bottle tickets, see The Book of the Wine Label, by Norman Penzer, 1947.

 

From a purely sensory point of view, there are few ways to enjoy wine more than to pour it into a good clear glass decanter, place a silver bottle ticket about the neck, and a silver coaster below.  The richness of colors and textures merges the visual experience 

with that of aroma and taste, restoring "ritual" to a simple glass of wine - no matter the cost. 

 

If the wine is then taken from an antique glass - with a history of its own - the experience transforms the ritual even further.

You are, after all, doing something that has been done, perhaps for centuries, from the same vessel for pleasure, solace,

 thirst, celebration - who knows what?  The history is all still there. 

 

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PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER NECK-RING BOTTLE TICKETS

John Touliet, London, c1785-90


Each of rectangular form with a raised pediment, suspended from a ring attachment,

incised "HOLLANDS", AND "RUM"

 Condition: Excellent, crisp marks

.6 oz / 1-5/8” Long

 

 The Pair

SOLD

#6361

 



GEORGE III SILVER NECK-RING BOTTLE TICKET

Unmarked, c1785-90

 

Of rectangular form with a raised pediment, suspended from a ring attachment,

incised "SHRUB"

  Condition: Excellent, unmarked

.3 oz. / 1-5/8” Long

 

SOLD

#6363

 


 

 

 

GEORGE III SILVER NECK-RING BOTTLE TICKET

Phipps and Robinson, London, 1798

 

Of rectangular form with canted corners and reeded borders, suspended from a ring attachment, incised SHERRY"

Condition: Excellent, crisp marks

 

.4 oz. / 1.75" Long

 280.00

#6364

 


 

 

 

 

GEORGE III SILVER BOTTLE TICKET - LISBON (left)

Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson, London, 1806

 

Of rectangular canted form with a reeded edge, engraved "LISBON, suspended from a silver belcher chain

Condition: Excellent, crisp marks

1.5" Long / 1.3 oz.

 

162.50

#2189

 


 

GEORGE III SILVER BOTTLE TICKET - SHERRY (right)

Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson, London, 1810

 

Of rectangular canted form with a reeded edge, incised "SHERRY", suspended from a silver belcher chain 

Condition: Excellent, crisp marks

1.75" Long / .2 oz

 

150.00

#6076

 


 

 

RARE GEORGE III PROVINCIAL SILVER BOTTLE TICKET - MADEIRA (left)

Landlands and Robertson, Newcastle, c1790

 

Of rectangular form with canted corners and reeded borders, incised "MADEIRA",

 suspended from a silver belcher chain

 Condition: Excellent, crisp marks

.3 oz. / 2" Long

 

250.00

#6363

 


 

GEORGE III SILVER BOTTLE TICKET - MADEIRA (middle)

John Robins, London, 1815

 

Of elongated oval form with finely reeded edge, engraved "MADEIRA", suspended from a silver belcher chain

Condition: Excellent; crisp marks

1.75" Long / .5 oz.

 

165.00

#3676

 


 

GEORGE III SILVER BOTTLE TICKET - BRANDY (left)

John Robins, London, 1791

 

Of rectangular form with canter corners and reeded borders, incised "BRANDY",  suspended from a silver belcher chain

  Condition: Excellent, good marks

.2 oz. / 1-5/8" Long

 

165.00

#6365

 

 


 

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