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Jacobite Sympathy Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Heading : Georgian wheel engraved opaque twist wine glass 
Period : George II / George III - c1760
Origin : England 
Colour : Clear 
Bowl : Round funnel - wheel engraved with a carnation and moth. 
Stem : Double series opaque twist
Stem Features : Pair of spiral tapes outwith a spiral gauze. There is also an accidental air thread
Foot : Conical 
Pontil : Snapped 
Glass Type : Lead 
Size :  16.5cm height, 6.6cm diameter bowl, 7.8cm diameter foot 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None 
Weight: 185 grams 

Jacobite glasses must surely be the most fascinating of all antique Georgian wine glasses with the last remnants of the Stuart Dynasty's support being engraved onto glasses that remarkably survive to this day. Truly of great historical interest. This example features a round funnel bowl above a double series opaque twist stem sitting on a conical foot. 



 Carnations and the Jacobite cause


All collectors of Jacobite glass will be familiar with engraved Tudor or Stuart roses. Fewer are aware of the significance of Carnations


We don’t know precisely when this association between Carnations and the Jacobites was first made however there are some historical pointers.


Bonnie Prince Charlie was born on 31st December 1720.  The following January was unseasonably warm and the Jacobite Times records...


“The year 1721 began with a burst of spring which terrified nervous people. ' Strange and ominous,' was the comment on the suburban fields full of flowers, and on the peas and beans in full bloom at Peterborough House, Milbank. When the carnations budded in January, there was ' general amazement ' even among people who cut coarse jokes on the suicides, which attended the bursting of the South Sea bubble. The papers were quite funny, too, at the devastation, which an outbreak of smallpox was making among the young beauties of aristocratic families. The disease had silenced the scandal at tea tables, by carrying off the guests, and poor epigrams were made upon them.  Dying, dead, or ruined, everyone was laughed at.”


1720 was the low point for the Jacobite cause. A small combined Spanish and Highlander force had been defeated at the battle of Glenshiel the previous summer and it was fully four years since Prince James had set sail from Montrose following the 1715 uprising. James 111 was in his papal palace at the Piazza dei Santi Apostili and was consuming the funds of supporters. The very early budding of Carnations was a “sign”.


Carnations had been associated with “the cause” for quite some time. One of the earliest references we have found is from the first decade of the century.


In the first picture attached, you will see a portrait of Princess Louise the princess royal or “Princess over the water” (youngest daughter of King James II and VII) which was painted about 1704.


References :           

The Jacobites and their Drinking Glasses By Geoffrey B. Seddon – Page 79 Plate 25.




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