Glass Mug - Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-1881 Object Reg. No: SH 960235

Clear glass engraved with Australian fauna and the words 'Melbourne International Exhibition 1880'. The glass, one of a set of three, would have been purchased as a souvenir of the Exhibition, which was held in the (Royal) Exhibition Building from 1 October 1880 to 30 April 1881. While display pieces could not be removed from the Exhibition Buildings until the close of the Exhibition, souvenirs were available to the casual visitor. Exhibitors therefore had a number of blanks like this glass, that would have been engraved on site.
Three matching crystal souvenir glasses with handles. Etchings of Australian flora and inscription are etched into the surface.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Diane Downie, 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 93 mm (Height), 72 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, souvenirs, exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, keepsakes, royal exhibition building, world fairs, glass
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: Souvenirs
Inscriptions: Etched: Melbourne International/ Exhibition 1880
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oct 1880-Apr 1881

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