Glass Rolling Pins
Re: the Glass Rolling Pin discussion
I had several of these when I was collecting general marine antiques - one of which got broken. I think Christian Clarke was a sailor not a master mariner or a ship. All of my pins had female names on, not ship's names.
One of mine had a picture of a ship and the words Emma Miriam Cooke 1860.
Another just said "Sailors Love".
One in blue glass was enormous, about 75cms long. It had two transfers of the Great Eastern and Victoria and Albert (Royal Yacht) and a name painted on, Mrs Mary Basinger. The transfers were worn, through regular dusting by the recipient I believe.
I also had a ceramic one, which was very rare. It had two transfers of pictures of sailors and the words "A Sailors Love".
The painting on these pins, probably done to order was rather crudely executed.
I don't believe these pins were given to seamen at the end of a voyage. I believe it was fashionable for a time for sailors to buy them in ports as gifts and sometimes have them inscribed with the name of the recipient. I don't suppose they were expensive so they could have been bought by Masters but I think ordinary sailors more likely.
(Links - Robin Craigs letter)
From Judith Godfrey
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