Bottle collar set
Date Made/Found: 1790-1810
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate
Dimensions: Overall: 16mm (5/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1943.564
This is a set of five bottle collars or ‘neck ring labels’, a type of wine label to be hung around the neck of a decanter or bottle. They date from around 1790 to the 1800s.
Most wine labels have chains to hang around the neck of the bottle or decanter. These were known as bottle tickets in the 1700s. Neck rings date from later in the century, made in silver from around 1790.
Bottle tickets were one of the earliest items to be made in Old Sheffield Plate, soon after its invention by Thomas Boulsover around 1742. Enamel was also used, and later ivory. Before the 1730s gummed parchment was used to name bottles. After 1860 it became legal to sell wine by the bottle from various premises and paper labels began to appear on bottles. Bottle tickets and collars in lasting materials declined in popularity from this point.
Portuguese wines were very popular in the 1700s and the most common of all wine labels is Madeira. Other popular wines were Claret, Burgundy and Port. By the mid 1800s initials were sometime used on labels instead of full names, some wines being so common that initials alone were enough to identify them.
This object is part of the Bradbury Collection.