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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blown glass, with applied press-moulded foot

  • Credit Line:

    Given by C. Rees-Price, Esq. and Mrs Jeanie H. R. Price.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 120, The Wolfson Galleries, case 11

Object Type
This rummer is entirely typical of the type made around 1790-1810, having a heavy, square press-moulded foot and capacious bowl. They were used mainly for beer or cider, but may also have been appropriate for mixer drinks such as brandy or rum diluted with water.

British sea power was crucial to winning the war against Napoleon and the empire-building ambitions of the new French republic. After successive great sea battles, culminating in Trafalgar in 1805, the French fleet was completely destroyed, severing the supply line to Napoleon's expeditionary force in Egypt.

In the early years of the 19th century, while the French army was actively pushing into neighbouring European countries, the British public were hungry for naval victories and intensely proud of Admiral Lord Nelson, who died on board his flagship Victory at Trafalgar. In 1806, the large number of rummers rather sketchily engraved with Nelson's extraordinary funeral car confirm the great esteem in which he was held. This particular rummer probably dates from about 1800-1805, when the figure of Britannia ruling the waves was a highly popular image. The unidentified owner, 'JB', may well have had some naval connection.

Physical description

Foot: moulded lemon-squeezer; Bowl: ogee with engraved decoration

Place of Origin

England (made)


1800-1810 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Blown glass, with applied press-moulded foot

Marks and inscriptions


Inscribed 'BRITANIA' on one side, and engraved with the initials 'J.B.' on the other


Height: 15.24 cm, Width: 9.84 cm

Object history note

Made in Britain

Descriptive line

Rummer, England, 1790-1810

Labels and date

Engraved with a figure of Britannia []
British Galleries:
The image of Britannia was used to decorate all manner of luxury goods as well as cheap popular wares. Here, her instantly reconisable figure is finely engraved on a good quality glass. [27/03/2003]


Glass; Drinking; British Galleries; A Year of Objects: October, Trafalgar Day


Ceramics Collection

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