Goblet, engraved with Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

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Goblet, engraved with Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

This glass goblet is engraved with a view of Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland in Tyne and Wear. It dates from between around 1810 and 1820 and was made and engraved in Tyneside or Wearside.

The large, deep bowl is also engraved with the measurements of the bridge and the date of opening - 'August 9th 1796'.

The Wearmouth Bridge was built between 1792 and 1796 by Rowland Burdon, the MP for Sunderland and a partner in a bank at Berwick. It was regarded with great pride in the north-east. The large glass industry there recognised the potential for boosting sales and produced wheel-engraved representations of it on goblets and rummers.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-049-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1948.67
Date: Between around 1810 and 1820
Late 18th century
Material: Glass, engraved. Inscription: On bowl: [particulars of measurements]; August 9th 1796 [date of opening]; ROMULUS; IV [monogram, in ornamental panel]
Dimensions: 10.00" H
What: Goblet
Subject: British glass : general glass
Who: Romulus
Where: England
Description: Glass goblet with baluster stem, square base, and cup-shaped bowl engraved with particulars of measurements, date of opening 'August 9th 1796' and 'Romulus': English, late 18th century
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 45-6. 
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