Antique Victorian Folk Art Railwayana Engraved Bottle William Wilson ‘The Adler’ 1859
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A Very Rare And Unusual Antique Victorian Folk Art Engraved Bottle Of Railwayana Interest Dated 1859. It Is Heavily Decorated With A Royal Crest, A Steam Locomotive, Shaking Hands, An Eye And Possibly Ferns.
Research suggests that the steam locomotive is ‘The Adler’ and that the initials, ‘W.W’, relate to a William Wilson.
In 1835, George & Robert Stephenson in Newcastle were contracted by the Bavarian Ludwig railway company to build an engine for their first railway to run from Nuremberg to Furth. They sent the new locomotive packed in boxes, and their engineer William Wilson was contracted to rebuild it there. The train was a huge success and Wilson stayed with the Ludwig railway company for another twenty-five years, driving the train in all weathers. In 1859, William was covered in glory by the German railway company. In 1862 he died and was buried in Nuremberg, where his descendants are still living.
A fabulous piece of significant railway memorabilia for any collection! One of my favourite recent finds!
Condition is good, commensurate with age. Structurally sound. No cracks or chips.
Measures 34.5cm x 7cm