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King and Constitution Engraved Georgian Rummer c1800

Heading : "King and Constitution" engraved rummer 
Period : c1800 - George III 
Origin : England 
Colour : Clear
Bowl : Round funnel with petal cutting - engraved with "King and Constitution" along with a crown above an engraved band
Stem : Capstan 
Stem Features : Blade knop collar, domed terraced cushion.
Foot : Square
Pontil : Polished
Glass Type : Lead
Size :  14.5cm height, 9.8cm diameter bowl, 8.3cm diagonal length foot 
Condition : Some minor chips to underside of foot.
Restoration : None 
Weight: 348 grams 

The significance of this engraving is rather hard to pin down. We suspect that it refers to one of two major political events around the turn of the 19th century. The first is the Acts of Union which came into effect on the first of January 1801 uniting the Kingdoms of Britain and Ireland to form the United Kingdom. 

The second option is that it was intended to support the King during the crisis of Catholic Emancipation wherein William Pitt the Younger was forced to resign as Prime Minister. After the Act of Union Pitt wished to support the 75% Roman Catholic population of Ireland by abolishing various political impositions placed upon them. The King saw himself as the defender of the Protestant faith and felt it was his duty not to violate his coronation oath whereby he swore to protect the Church of England.  

Pitt left office only to return three years later as the King slipped further into the insanity which marred his later life and brought about the Regency era. As far as Catholic rights were concerned Pitt was largely unsuccessful with the Roman Catholic Relief Act not being passed until 1829, thirteen years after Pitt died in office. 

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