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Georgian "Boot Glass" / Stirrup Cup c1800

Heading : Georgian "boot glass" / stirrup cup
Period : c1770-1800
Origin : England 
Colour : Clear 
Bowl : In the shape of the boot
Pontil : Polished
Glass Type : Lead 
Size :  9.5 cms tall,
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None 
Weight:  48grams 

A fabulous piece of antique novelty glassware. First made  arounf 1770 to ridicule John Stuart 3rd Earl of Bute, The Prime Minister responsible for the imposition of "cider tax". His key relationship for furthering his fortunes was with Frederick Prince of Wales, the eldest son of George II. Frederick died leaving his son to become George III. The tutor of the latter was Bute himself. 

Bute was this considered to moving in elevated circles and promoted well above his station. He was a favourite of the King. He was the first Scot to act as Prime Minister following the union. He is also alleged to have had an affair with the Dowager Princess of Wales, the widow of prince Frederick. Enough reasons to merit being satirised for decades.

 

 

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  • Product Code: 20060326
  • Availability: Sold
  • £50.00

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