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"Amen" Wineglass

The front is engraved with the crowned cipher JR 8 and the word Amen in a scrolled oval. The sides and back are engraved with two verses of the Jacobite anthem (a prayer for the restoration of the Stuart monarchy).

Artist/maker unknown, English, engraving probably Scottish

Made in England, Europe
Probably engraved in Scotland, Europe

c. 1745

Lead-crystal glass with diamond-point engraved decoration; incised-twist stem

Height: 6 3/4 inches (17.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 214, American Art, second floor, Case 21, English & Irish Glass

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Credit Line:
The George H. Lorimer Collection, 1938

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This wineglass is unlike the other "Amen" glasses in the Museum's collection in that it has an incised-twist stem. This type of stem enjoyed a brief period of popularity in the mid-eighteenth century. It is an imitation of the air-twist stem, but instead of trapping air within the stem before it is drawn out, the incised lines are applied to the exterior.

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