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Diamond Point Engraved Georgian Rummer Leicester Square London 1829

Heading : Engraved Georgian rummer 
Period : George IV
Origin : England 
Colour : Clear 
Bowl : Bucket - diamond point engraved with "I.Masey Cranbourne Alley" and "JM 1829 JM"
Stem : Plain 
Foot : Conical 
Pontil : Snapped 
Glass Type : Lead 
Size : 14 cm height, 9 cm diameter bowl, 8.4 cm diameter foot 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None 
Weight: 453 grams 


Eric Knowles Comments: It is always a joy when the past truly comes to life. When an echo of the past resonates within us. We hear the whispers and investigate further.

Cranbourne Alley is opposite the entrance to the Hippodrome and to the right of Fiori cafe in Leicester Square. In the 18th and early 19th century it was a hive of manufacturing activity. There was a glass blower and engraver Masey and Sons. The business was inherited by James Masey in 1829. His last will and testamament may be viewed in the National archives


Some forty years later Cranbourne Alley was the home to a well known Bawdy house and ladies who conducted their trade in the evenings. "Cranbourne Alley" had become a metaphor for the cheap, poorly made and the ersatz which were sold from retail outlets in the vicinity and forced upon the passing well-to-do by lady "Barkers"; Victorian high pressure sales people.

There is nothing "Cranbourne Alley" about this rummer. Lead glass and made to stand the test of time.





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  • Product Code: 20080419
  • Availability: Sold
  • £85.00

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