In 1872, Queen Victoria endured a sixth assassination attempt. Whilst she was alighting from a carriage, a young Irishman named Arthur O’Connor ran towards her with a pistol. Thankfully, the gun was not loaded. John Brown, who was at the Queen’s side at the time, knocked the boy to the ground before Victoria had realized what was happening. For his bravery, he was awarded a special gold medal.
The claret jug, inscribed ‘VR to JB, Christmas 1872’, was given to John Brown as a Christmas gift, later in the same year.