five pressed glass grace darling boats
1 large 280mm long x 80mm wide x 55mm high
4 small 160mm long x 50mm wide x 30mm high
a large victorian pressed glass cucumber boat and four victorian pressed glass hor d oeuvre boats in the form of grace darlings lifesaving boat.
manufactured by edward bolton of warrington the design being registered on the 11th december 1885.
grace darling was a celebrated victorian heroine, held in as high public esteem as florence nightingale.
grace darling with her father william were keepers of the long stone lighthouse on the wild northumberland coast.
grace made a dramatic rescue in the early hours of 7 september 1838 to rescue the survivors of a ship, the forfarshire that had been wrecked on big harcar a nearby low rocky island.
grace darling, looking out from an upstairs window of the lighthouse, spotted the wreck and survivors .
grace and her father william determined that the weather was too rough for the lifeboat to put out from seahouses on the mainland, so took to their rowing boat, a 21 ft four-man traditional northumberland coble and rowed for nearly a mile to rescue the survivors.
the news of grace darlings role in the rescue reached the victorian public who embraced her for her bravery, leading to an uneasy role as the nations heroine.
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