Communion flagon

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from Martyr's Church, Glasgow

Postcard of Communion flagon.
© National Museums Scotland

Communion flagon

This pewter communion flagon is from the Martyr's Church in Glasgow. It was made in the late 18th or early 19th century by Glasgow pewterers, Robert Graham and James Wardrop. Graham and Wardrop were in operation between 1776 and 1806.

The flagon has plain straight sides sloping inwards and a flat lid with an acorn finial. Inscribed inside the base is 'GRAHAM & WARDROP'.

In Presbyterian churches communion usually took place once or twice a year. Those considered worthy by the elders were invited to sit round a table to share bread and wine, representing the body and blood of Christ.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-576-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJ 251
Date: Late 18th or early 19th century
Material: Pewter. Inscription: Marks inside base: GRAHAM & WARDROP
Dimensions: 345 mm H x 265 mm W x 215 mm Dia (Base)
What: Flagon, communion
Subject: Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Who: Graham & Wardrop (Maker)
Description: Communion flagon of pewter with plain straight sides which slope inwards from a wide spreading bell-shaped base, and a flat lid with an acorn knop finial
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