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Rummers

Engraved and commemorative 18th century glass rummers and early 19th century examples are also highly collectable. Those engraved with classical scenes from the trials of Hercules to passages from the Aneid or Greek and Roman mythology are amongst the finest glass engravings ever made and can still be found. Rummers commemorating the opening of the Sunderland Bridge in 1796 are quite common, those mourning the death of Admiral Nelson in 1805 with scenes of the funeral barge are highly sought after. Researching the engravings on rummers can be fascinating, deciphering a diamond point engraved cryptic message on a Rummer owned by a dragoon who was at the battle Waterloo or Talavera puts you "in touch" with both the engraver and history itself.

Stem types on these Georgian drinking glasses are almost invariably short and plain, there are some with knopped stems. Rib moulded square feet, "lemon squeezer" shaped feet and large conical feet all feature. Thick glass square feet are surprisingly prone to being chipped and over the years the feet on these examples have been polished and reshaped many times, enhancements which can be easily detected. Also watch out for the monolithic serving rummers, varying from a yard (two and a half pints) to a gallon in capacity, which make excellent punch bowls and can be used for mixing cocktails. Hop and barley and grape and vine leaf engraving is common. On Regency examples look out for flute or petal cutting to the lower half of the bowl, with engravings above.

Georgian glass rummers are amongst the most useable of antique drinking glasses. They have generous sized bowls and pan topped forms are very suitable for strong bottled beers in my humble opinion. This is much closer to their intended purpose than say a rum cocktail. The perceived wisdom is that the word "rummer" is just an anglicised version of the German word "roemer" a glass type that had been in constant use throughout the 17th century and earlier.

We would recommend that all our readers who have a particular interest in rummers track down a copy of Timothy Mills' recently published book Rummers - A Social History Told in Glass (ISBN 078-0-9926096-0-3) which is the first book - to our knowledge - that is entirely devoted to the subject.


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Pair of Flute Cut Victorian Rummers c1870

Pair of Flute Cut Victorian Rummers c1870

A pair of highly usable mid Victorian rummers with attractive flute cut bowls.

£115.00

Pair of 19th Century Mixing Rummers c1830

Pair of 19th Century Mixing Rummers c1830

The band of diamond cutting on these nineteenth mixing rummers gives the user extra grip when pouring the contents into their favourite glass. Elegant and usable.

£150.00

Pair Mixing Rummers c1830

Pair Mixing Rummers c1830

A 19th century cocktail mixer, a toddy stick will be included

£150.00

Pair Mixing Rummers c1830

Pair Mixing Rummers c1830

A 19th century cocktail mixer, a toddy stick will be included

£150.00

A "Sunderland Bridge" Rummer c1830

A "Sunderland Bridge" Rummer c1830

Bucket bowl engraved with a depiction of the Sundernd Bridge, opposite a cartouche of hop leaves and barley with monogram AJL to AA. A finely engraved English glass rummer

£245.00

A Sunderland Bridge Rummer c1830

A Sunderland Bridge Rummer c1830

The opening of the Sunderland Road bridge with its incredible span for the period made it a tourist attraction for decades to come. There was more to Sunderland than just Roker park and the Roker Roar. A fine engraved English glass rummer.

£245.00

Very Large Georgian Rummer with Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

Very Large Georgian Rummer with Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

A very fine Georgian rummer with a lemon squeezer foot from c1800 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£110.00

Georgian Glass Rummer with Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

Georgian Glass Rummer with Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

A very fine Georgian rummer with a lemon squeezer foot from c1800 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

Engraved Bucket Bowl Rummer c1820

Engraved Bucket Bowl Rummer c1820

A very fine wheel engraved Georgian glass rummer from c1820 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

Large Regency Rummer c1820

Large Regency Rummer c1820

A very fine and large Regency period rummer from c1820 in excellent condition. For more Georgian and Victorian rummers, as well as a wide range of other antique glassware, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£130.00

Engraved 19th Century Glass Rummer c1820

Engraved 19th Century Glass Rummer c1820

A very fine Georgian glass rummer from c1800 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including other Georgian wine and drinking glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

Sunderland Bridge Rummer c1830

Sunderland Bridge Rummer c1830

A very fine Sunderland Bridge rummer from c1830. For more Georgian drinking glasses as well as a wide range of other antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£265.00

Large Georgian Rummer with Odd Fellows Engraving c1830

Large Georgian Rummer with Odd Fellows Engraving c1830

A very fine large 18th century rummer with Odd Fellows engraving from c1830 in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses and other antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£375.00

King and Constitution Engraved Georgian Rummer c1800

King and Constitution Engraved Georgian Rummer c1800

A very fine King and Constitution engraved Georgian rummer in good condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£350.00

Odd Fellows Engraved Georgian Rummer c1830

Odd Fellows Engraved Georgian Rummer c1830

A very fine Odd Fellows engraved Georgian rummer in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses, Victorian glasses and our wide range of other antique glassware, silverware, and porcelain please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£325.00

Britannia Engraved Georgian Rummer c1820

Britannia Engraved Georgian Rummer c1820

A very fine engraved Georgian rummer depicting Britannia guarding a ship. For more Georgian drinking glasses as well as our wide range of antique glassware and art glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

Very Large Sunderland Bridge Rummer With Coin c1840

Very Large Sunderland Bridge Rummer With Coin c1840

A very large Sunderland Bridge Rummer with coin in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including air twist, opaque twist, and baluster stem Georgian wine glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£450.00

19th Century Engraved Rummer

19th Century Engraved Rummer

A fine early 19th C rummer in excellent condition

£55.00

Sunderland Bridge Bucket Bowl Rummer c1830

Sunderland Bridge Bucket Bowl Rummer c1830

The 1796 Sunderland Road Bridge as it should be known was considered to be a major engineering achievement of the era.

£240.00

Davenport Patent Rummer with Patent Mark c1810

Davenport Patent Rummer with Patent Mark c1810

An old rummer glass with a shape more akin to a brandy balloon, a collectors piece

£310.00

Davenport Patent Rummer with Patent Mark c1810

Davenport Patent Rummer with Patent Mark c1810

An old rummer glass with a shape more akin to a brandy balloon. The rummer is the swiss army knife of drinking glasses, perfect for beer, wine and spirits.

£310.00

Georgian Rummer With Lemon Squeezer Foot c.1800

Georgian Rummer With Lemon Squeezer Foot c.1800

A fine Georgain glass rummer with a lemon squeezer foot, perfect for everyday usage. They were made to last

£95.00

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