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Rummer with an ovoid bowl and lemon squeezer foot. Engraved to commemorate the death of Thomas Scarisbrick who was killed by a lightning strike in 1779 whilst building a turf stack. The reverse with monogram JSM. English c1824
Bowl dia: 8.4 cm.
Foot: 5.2 cm.
Condition: Very good with no chips or cracks or evidence of restoration.
Note: In 1779 Thomas Scarisbrick was building a turf stack close to the Ormskirk to Preston Road. Thomas was working in a thunderstorm and was struck and killed by a lightning strike His son, James Scarisbrick, maintained the stack as a memorial to his father until is own death in 1824. The stack became something of a landmark and inspired William Wordsworth to write the sonnet Filial Piety (On the Wayside between Preston and Liverpool which contains the lines:
Yes, traveller! fifty winters have been told
Since suddenly the dart of death went forth
“Gainst him who raised it. - his last work on earth:
Thence has it, with this son, so strong a hold
Upon his father’s memory; that his hands,
Through reverence, touch it only to repair
Its waste. Through crumbling with each breath of air.
When James died in 1824 he left to each of his children decanters and rummers engraved with a turf stack between two trees.
Note: Illustrated in Rummers 'A social History Told in Glass' by Timothy Mills 2013, p. 95, fig 88.
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