Date & Origin
England, c1840. Period of Victoria.
Excellent, age-related wear as shown. No chips cracks or restoration, some loss of gilt as shown.
Height: 10.8cm Rim diameter: 7.5cm, Foot diameter: 6.8cm
An exceptional mid-19th-century amethyst glass tumbler, with deep slice cuts, extensive gilt work and a large polished pontil.
The form is almost certainly Bohemian in origin, the gold gilt decoration probably aimed at the Asian or Islamic market place.
Highly unusual and we have never seen another example with this type of gilt work. Our thanks to the American British & Continental Glass & Tableware 1650 -1875 Facebook group for their help and suggestions in the research.
You will not find another example of the glass.
Robert Stephenson's Britannia Tubular Bridge is opened. The Tubular Bridge provided a rail link from the mainland of North Wales, near Bangor, across to Anglesey and on to Holyhead for ferries to Ireland. Its designer, Robert Stephenson, constructed two main spans with rectangular iron tubes 460 feet long. The bridge itself was 1,511 feet overall and novel in construction since the box sections were constructed on shore and then floated into the straits to be lifted into place.