The vase was locally engraved to commemorate the Sacriston Disaster in 1913. Sacriston is a small village in Co Durham, and it was part of the Co Durham coal field having it's own pit. Most families had memeber who were miners, and the disaster would have affected the whole community. My great grand parents were miners in Sacriston, and my grandparents remembered the disaster.
The engraving reads:
'Sactiston Disaster, 3 men entombed 16 November 1913'
'Sacriston Disaster, Robert Richardson, rescued alive after 91 hours peril'