Date & Origin
England, c1850. Period of Victoria
Excellent, age-related wear as shown. No chips cracks or restoration
Height: 14cm Rim diameter: 5.3cm, Foot diameter: 6.7cm.
Lead glass 498 grams the pair
A superb pair of 19th century Absinth glasses.
They have incurved deceptive bucket bowls with a solid base. A band of deep flutes cuts to the lower half of the bowl above large ball knop stems. Conical feet with polished pontils.
A very rare form.
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.