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Victorian Beaker Engraved With A Square Rigged Barque 1886

Heading : An engraved glass beaker
Date : 1886
Period : Victoria
Origin : England
Colour : Clear
Bowl : Diamond point engraved with a square rigged barque , the 'Alice May, Lewes'
Foot : Applied
Pontil : Snaped
Glass Type : Lead
Size : 10cm tall,  10cm bowl and 6cm foot

Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks
Restoration : None

Weight :  300grams

It has been many years since we last saw an example. It was engraved with the launch date of a ship made in Sunderland. The Alice May was a three masted square rigged barque built in Neyland Pembrokeshire in 1886 by J Mills. This is the only ship of that name in the LLoyds register of shipping during the requisite period. The register records that she was abandoned in 1889.

These were engraved to celebrate the launch of a ship. We have seen and verified dated examples between 1864 into the 1892. They are frequently referred to as "ships tumblers", a clear misnomer on account of there being a foot.

Lewes in Sussex was a busy port until the port of Newhaven was built in 1882 and it fell into decline and the river ouse silted up to such an extent that it was impassable to all but barges and small craft by 1908. This is a great town to visit and not only for the bonfire and the Harveys brewery. There is an excellent selection of antique shops. Please do try Churh Hill antique centre and ask for Nona who is the most wonderful lady and always has a fine selection of antique glassware and a charming smile.



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  • Product Code: 2019012910
  • Availability: Sold
  • £190.00

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