Bridge Souvenirs Through The Years

The Forth Bridge was officially opened on 4th March 1890. To celebrate this 130th Anniversary here are a small collection of items showing how the Bridge has been portrayed – in various ways – through the years.

Mauchline Ware Shot Glass Holder with original glass. Dates from around the time of the opening of the Forth Bridge.


Forth Bridge Glass from the International Exhibition of Science, Art and Industry which took place in Edinburgh from 1st May 1890 – 1st November 1890
To celebrate the opening of the Forth Bridge there was an opportunity to purchase these glasses at the exhibition and have your name engraved on them.
This beautiful silver brooch has a Birmingham hall mark for the year 1890. It would be lovely to think that it was bought for someone special by a Brigger – one of the Forth Bridge workers.
Arcadian China model of the Forth Bridge. These china models were often known as “crested ware. This one shows the crest of Inverkeithing.
A little piece of Queensferry history here. The Forth Bridge Hotel is now The Ferry Tap pub. What was the hotel accommodation is now private flats.
1st Class stamps dated 2011
First Clydesdale Bank £5 Polymer Note depicting Sir William Arrol and the Forth Bridge
Other side of the Clydesdale Bank £5 polymer note and £1 coin from 2004 depicting Forth Bridge.
Carltonware china candlestick. Possibly an opportunity missed to actually show the Bridge!