Pair of glass goblets, George Stephenson and 'Rocket', c 1830.
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Bristol glass goblets, made in the year the Liverpool and Manchester Railway opened. One of them is engraved with a portrait of George Stephenson (1781-1848), the other with the locomotive 'Rocket'. George Stephenson was the father of Robert Stephenson (1803-1859). In 1929, Robert Stephenson designed the 0-2-2 locomotive, 'Rocket', made famous by winning the 'Rainhill Trials', a competition held at Rainhill in Merseyside, to establish the most efficient locomotive for railway haulage. The 'Rocket' ran on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway between 1829 and 1836, and the Midgeholme Colliery Railway between 1836 and 1840.