England, c1770





The round funnel bowl engraved with a cluster concave-cut grapes sided by C and S-scroll tendrils
and freely drawn leaves resembling flowerheads to either side,
the tendrils - by chance or purpose - showing C and script E in cypher when looking through the glass;
the reverse side with a crested jaybird in flight *,
the stem facet cut surmounting a plain slightly domed foot with nice snapped pontil


Condition : Excellent with good detail and footrim wear; good striation;
a small piece of glass cullet beneath the engraving; a few tiny bubbles in the bowl; an elongated tear within the stem


5.75" High / 2-1/8" Wide, the Bowl / 3" Wide, the Foot






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* "Bird in Flight" : the generic portrayal of the Stuart heir as a bird, either fleeing or returning, was widespread.

See songs such as "A Wee Bird Cam' to Our Ha Door". **
The "bird" in this ballad (below) is thought to be a symbol for Prince Charlie.
The word 'waes' means 'woes'.


A wee bird cam' to our ha door
He warbled sweet and clearly,
An' aye the o'ercome o' his sang
Was "Wae's me for Prince Charlie".
On hills that are by right his ain
He roams a lonely stranger
On ilka hand he's press'd by want,
On ilka side by danger;
Yestreen I met him in a glen,
My heart maist burstit fairly;
For sairly changed indeed was he -
Oh! Wae's me for Prince Charlie.


Various types of birds were referenced on glassware, and by supportive writers and poets
who wished to avoid being denounced as "Jacobite sympathizers".
Quite often the bird is depicted as crested Jaybird.
Reasons cited range from the allusion to the name "James", to "Aesop's Fables"


** (Material Culture and Sedition, M. Pittock, "Appendix, Index of Symbols, Cant and Code")
















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George III Jacobite Facet Cut Wine, c1770, grape cluster, bird in flight