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"Amen" Wineglass

The front is engraved with the crowned cipher JR 8; the dates 1749, Tenth of June, and XX December; and the word Amen in a scrolled oval. The sides and back are engraved with the complete Jacobite anthem (a prayer for the restoration of the Stuart monarchy) and the words To His Royal Highness PRINCE HENRY Duke of Albany & York.

Artist/maker unknown, English, engraving probably Scottish

Geography:
Probably engraved in Scotland, Europe
Made in England, Europe

Date:
1749

Medium:
Lead-crystal glass with diamond-point engraved decoration; drawn stem

Dimensions:
7 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches (20 x 9.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

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

Accession Number:
1953-29-4

Credit Line:
The George H. Lorimer Collection, 1953

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Label:
Although most of the known "Amen" glasses have only the first two verses of the Jacobite anthem, this glass is engraved with all four. The Tenth of June and XX December are the respective birth dates of James Edward and Charles Edward, members of the Stuart royal family who had aspired to the throne. The inscription on the back of the glass mentioning Prince Henry as the duke of York may be an allusion to the duke becoming a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in 1747. Prince Henry was the last of the direct male Stuart line and his appointment was considered the deathblow to Jacobean hopes.


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