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At AC Silver we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a range of vintage and antique wine labels for sale.

Our collection of silver decanter labels covers examples from periods including the Georgian and Edwardian eras.

Andrew Campbell hand picks all silver bottle labels added to the AC Silver inventory, and will only include the finest of their types.

All of our vintage and antique silverware comes with free and insured worldwide shipping and a 14 day return policy.

silver wine decanter labels

Bottle tickets, also referred to as ‘wine labels’, have been in use since the early 18th Century. Their predominant use (as their name suggests) is to indicate the content of a certain bottle or decanter. They became more necessary when silver and glass decanters grew in popularity; as there would be no inscription or indication on the decanter itself. Another factor that led to their necessity was the influx of a wider variety of wine and other drinks during the 18th century- more to drink and more to label!

They weren’t strictly used for drinks however; bottle tickets could also label condiments and toiletries such as cologne, tooth mixture, barley water, vinegar, mustard, lime juice among other things. Although these versatile tickets are most frequently crafted in silver, there have been many fine examples found crafted in different materials such as enamel, plated metals, mother of pearl, zinc, nickel, porcelain, tortoiseshell, bone ivory, cork, tusk or even tigers’ claw. In various forms and having various uses, these small collectors’ items have stood the test of time and are still used today for special occasions and important dinners.

Not only are they terribly handy for labelling things, they can also be helpful for disguising beverages that were perhaps more frowned upon. Gin for example, was a traditionally ‘sniffed at’ drink choice. Instead of the word ‘Gin’ therefore, some labels would denote the beverage by the word ‘Nig’, or-more crudely- ‘Mother’s ruin’. Bottle tickets could also be useful if you wanted to decant a perhaps ‘less impressive’ wine into a different, unmarked bottle in the deviant hope that no one would know the difference!

Bottle tickets grew in popularity hand in hand with the advent of the decanter. During the late 17th and 18th century, decanters became a common household item among the British aristocracy. After a formal dinner, the men of the group would stay up long after the wives and children had gone to bed; they would use this leisure time to pass round various decanters of wine- much more civilised than just passing the bottles. The decanters of course, were not labelled; therefore bottle tickets were essential for knowing what was what during these late evening soirees.

The bottle ticket (or wine label) can come in many different forms; the most common you’ll find however, is a fairly simple rectangular shape with cut off corners. It isn’t rare to come across more elaborate shapes: bottle tickets have been crafted in the shape of cupids, satyrs, goblets, vine leaves, grapes, and foxes just to name a few. Many early labels only bear a maker's mark, as each weighed less than ten penny weights. They were thus excluded from hallmarking until 1784 when new regulations were introduced.

Wine labels have captured the interest of not only wine enthusiasts but also those with a casual fascination for silver, wines, and social history.

Certain collectors specialise in particular makers, with the neoclassical labels from Hester Bateman consistently ranking among favourites.

Prices for these labels can escalate swiftly, driven by factors such as rarity, reputation of the maker or a combination of these elements.

Sterling Silver Bottle Labels / Tickets by Hester Bateman - Antique George III
Price: GBP £4,345.00
Antique Sterling Silver Bat Decanter Label / Bottle Ticket
Price: GBP £1,995.00
Sterling Silver Decanter / Wine Bottle Labels - Antique George III (1817)
Price: GBP £1,695.00
Sterling Silver Wine Bottle Labels / Tickets by Robert Garrard II - Antique George IV (1829)
Price: GBP £1,535.00
Sterling Silver Bottle Labels / Tickets by Hester Bateman - Antique George III (Circa 1785)
Price: GBP £1,395.00
Newcastle Sterling Silver Rum Decanter Label / Bottle Ticket - Antique George III
Price: GBP £995.00
Newcastle Sterling Silver Decanter Label / Bottle Ticket - Antique George III (1819)
Price: GBP £995.00

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