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Goblet: C.51-1972

Object information

Current Location: Mezzanine Landing


Glassworks: James Powell & Sons (Probably)




Double-blown lead-glass, the interior silvered, the exterior overlaid with green glass, cut, and engraved. Bell-shaped bowl on knopped and cut stem with a circular foot. The bowl is engraved with the coat-of-arms of the City of York and of the Dukes of Somerset, and there is a ribbon design on the foot. The opening at the base is inlaid with a seal marked 'E. Varnish & Co, London, Patent.'


History note: Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read Collection; both died 1971; purchased from Thomas Stainton, executor of the Handley-Read Estate

Legal notes

Purchased with the Perceval Fund, and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 11.1 cm
Height: 23.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1972-10-19) by Handley-Read Estate


19th Century, Mid#
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD 1850


A patent for silvered glass was taken out on 19 August 1849 by Frederick Hale Thomson and Edward Varnish, but the glass bearing their patent mark may have been made by James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.51-1972
Primary reference Number: 26051
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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