The bridge took a couple of years to build and was finished in 1796 and at that time was the world's largest single span bridge.
One of the items made to commemorate the building of the bridge were glasses with an engraved scene of the new Iron Sunderland bridge as seen below
|Sunderland Bridge Rummer|
|A ship in full sail under the bridge|
|The glasses were made from the late 18th century and because of the demand continued to be sold well into the middle of the 19th century. Glasses of this size are called "Rummers" but it has nothing to do with rum but we believe comes from the German word for a large glass "roemer" and would hold half a pint and more with a short stem and large bowl|