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RARE GEORGE II SILVER JACOBITE INTEREST HANOVERIAN SPOON

Inscribed For HENRY STUART, CARDINAL DUKE OF YORK

c1745, England, Unascribed Mark P in Rectangular Punch

 

 

 

The silver spoon with double drop heel and upturned terminal,
the terminal front engraved with the

Royal Coronet above a script inscription "Henry Stuart" above a Cardinal's Hat;
the terminal verso scratch engraved R * P

 

Henry Benedict Maria Clement Thomas Francis Xavier Stuart :
Born 11 March 1725, Rome; Died 13 July 1807.
He was Prince of England and of Scotland, Duke of York and Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.

He was known as Henry IX & I King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland
(31 January 1788 - 13 July 1807).
He was the second son of James Francis Edward Stuart, known as 'The Old Pretender'.

 

Condition : Excellent with expected surface small scratches and very slight wear to the rim of the bowl

 

8.25" Long / 2.2 oz.

 

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CARDINAL HENRY BENEDICT STUART, DUKE OF YORK, 1725-1807
Second Son James III (The Old Pretender)

Final Jacobite Heir to the Throne of England

 

 

 

Although not hallmarked this Hanoverian Pattern Silver Tablespoon, dating to circa 1745,

would appear to have been part of a suite of silver once in the possession of

Cardinal Henry Benedict Thomas Edward Maria Clement Francis Xavier Stuart, Duke of York

(born 6th March 1725 died 13th July 1807).

 

Cardinal Henry, Duke of York was the second son of

James Francis Edward Stuart (The Old Pretender) and Maria Clementina Sobieska.

His elder brother was Charles Edward Stuart (The Young Pretender or Bonnie Prince Charlie).

When Bonnie Prince Charlie died in 1788,

the Cardinal Duke of York became the fourth and final Jacobite heir

 to claim the thrones of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland,

although he never sought to make any such claim.

He appeared to be content in being a prince of the church spending his life in the Papal States,

 having long career in the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church,

rising to become the Dean of the College of Cardinals and Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and Velletri.
 
On his death in 1807, he was succeeded in all his claimed British rights by his nearest blood-relative and friend,

Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia,

although Charles neither asserted nor renounced his Jacobite claims.

 

Given the date of the manufacture of this tablespoon it may be presumed

 that it was part of a much larger suite of Stuart Royal silver,

 as signified by the engraving of the Royal Crown upon it.

This suite of silver undoubtedly followed the Stuarts into exile to France;

and later, when in possession of the Cardinal Duke of York

was further engraved with both his name and his cardinal's hat.

 

(Heraldry Courtesy of John Tunesi, United Kingdom)

 

Portraits Above, Henry Benedict Stuart,:

Left : Maurice Quentin de La Tour, 1746-7, a portrait long thought to be Charles Edward Stuart
Right : Anton Raphael Mengs (Circle of), "Cardinal York", c1750


 

 


 

 

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Rare Jacobite Interest Hanoverian Spoon, engraved for Henry Stuart, Cardinal and Duke of York