Date & Origin
England, c1880. Period of Victoria.
Excellent, age-related wear as shown.
Height: 20.5cm Diameter: 16cm.
An excellent 19th-century glass porron with silver-plated caps and silver chain. Superb fruiting vine cutting. Used for pouring wine directly to the mouth. One of the best examples we have seen.
Sir William Armstrong's home becomes the first to use electric light
The mansion created at Cragside in Rothbury (Northumberland) by the Scottish architect Richard Norman Shaw was designed to incorporate every modern convenience. Built for the engineering magnate Sir William Armstrong, it was called 'the palace of a modern magician'. Swan's new electric lamps were powered by water from a local stream through a dynamo-electric generator.