A large barrel-shaped beaker engraved with a Tyne collier brig on one side and with the initials WIS on the. The brig is crisply engraved and is an accurate representation of this type of sailing vessel. These ships carried coal from the North East of England along the East Coast, mainly to London.
James Cook used colliers for his three voyages of discovery and the Bounty, infamous ship of mutiny fame, was also one. The decline of the Newcastle upon Tyne glass industry was hastened by the replacement of wooden hulled colliers with iron hulled ships which had ballast tanks that could be filled with water instead of the time wasting practice of picking up the sand ballast used by glass-making industry.
Height: 5⅛ inches;
Bowl rim diameter: 3⅜ inches;
Overall diameter: approx. 4 inches;
Capacity: 1 Imperial pint
In excellent condition with no restoration or damage. A very tiny seed in the base of the glass. (See enlargement 6 at 8 o'clock). Minimal wear.