M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GEORGE III JACOBITE INTEREST DOUBLE SERIES OPAQUE TWIST WINE
The funnel bowl engraved with a daffodil* among forget-me-not foliage,
having a crested bird in flight on the reverse,
raised on a double series opaque twist stem with single knop
above a round conical foot with snapped pontil
Condition : Excellent
*Daffodils symbolized 'hope'- the return of spring,
and akin to the sunflower, the return of the Stuart reign.
"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 bird 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")
See Also :
Shown with a George III Jacobite Interest Facet Cut Wine,
with Polished & Engraved Roses, the Rose Engraving Also Resembling Honeysuckle
A George III Cut & Engraved Sugar Loaf Decanter, c1770
A George III Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Wine. c1765
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