The round funnel bowl engraved with the Stuart 6-petaled rose,
having a cross-hatched center and polished petals, issuing from rose leaves;
the reverse with a bird in flight, the bowl itself with the bowl base cut as rose petals,
and raised on a shaped stem cut with six vertical flutes
over a foot formed and cut as a 6-petaled Stuart rose,
the foot upper surface with cut and polished ovals ;
Condition : Excellent; very good weight;
an impercible minor shallow foot chip filled at our request (I cannot find it to point it out)
6" High / The Foot, 2-7/8" Wide
The Bird in Flight :
"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")