William Hutchison II (Probably), London, 1736



Of conventional form, the hinged lid with embossed decoration depicting a winged putti holding a flaming heart with outstretched arm, surrounded by scrolls and shell motif, with gilt interior 


* The flaming heart has been used as a device within the visual language of Jacobite propaganda.

Literature :


'The broadside ballad 'An Outlandish Present', printed by Francis Clifton in 1720, was accompanied

by woodcut illustrations showing a lady and a gentleman, roses, flaming hearts, a ship on the water,

an empty throne, a crowned king hiding in an oak tree and a butler".
P. Kleiber Monott,
Jacobitism and the English People 1688-1788, 1993, p71.

'The emblem tradition trickled down to more homely objects too, (as well as medals) but minus the Latin texts.

These pieces include the depictions of coffins which appear on Jacobite snuffboxes produced in Britain

after the defeat of 1746; and the flaming heart, anchor and heart pierced with an arrow,

plausibly 'Jacobite symbols of steadfastness and mourning''.

Neil Guthrie, The Material Culture of the Jacobites, Cambridge, 2013, p74


William Hutchison II, Grimwade, #’s 3156, 3884, mark entered 1736.

No record of apprenticeship or freedom but the signature quite distinct from William Hutchison I,

registering 1716.  Mark entered as a smallworker, 18 August, 1735,

Smart’s Buildings, near Coalyard, Holborn (central London)


Condition : Excellent; some areas of stubborn tarnish to silver; without breaks or repairs


2.75” Long






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