M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
RARE GEORGE II JACOBITE INTEREST WATER GLASS
The stepped cylindrical body engraved with a rose and stylized bud on stem
amongst floral sprays (possibly more rose buds or lily of the valley),
a winged bird in flight verso,
raised on a beaded knop above a domed foot; snapped pontil
"Jacobite clubs developed different ways of drinking the toast,
but it usually involved drinking the health of the King 'over water' to signify the King in exile….
The Independent Electors of Westminster held a glass of water in their left hand
and passed the wine glass, held in the right hand, over the water before drinking the toast."
This practice still exists today on the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden :
"After dinner, glasses of water are set around the table and wine glasses are filled.
Then, the blood-stained gauntlet of the ancestor who dies in the battle is placed in the center of the table.
The toast to "The King over the Water" is given,
and the guests pass their wine glasses over the water before drinking."
Although now an innocent ritual, thin the 18th century it held solemn significance. .
(Seddon, The Jacobites and Their Drinking Glasses, p 46)
Condition : Excellent, without damages or flaws
4.25" High / 6.4 oz.
Also See :
Rare Pair of c1750-60 Jacobite Water Bowls
The bodies encircled by finely engraved garlands, including a
6-petaled Jacobite rose, a carnation, honeysuckle,
apples, fruiting vines, other flowers, and a sunflower,
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