GEORGE III HALF-PINT DECANTER & 4 GLASSES
England (possibly Tyneside) or Scotland, c1800
Of Jacobite Interest
The decanter of mallet form with two applied neck rings surmounted by an unusual press-molded stopper of a
turban-like coronet form, the sides engraved with oak leaves & acorns*, rough concave pontil; stopper and neck
rim each with corresponding frosting; together with four wine glasses decorated , each with a cup bowl over a
stem with flattened knop and circular foot with snapped pontil.
*The oak and acorn are frequent Jacobite symbols, remaining so from the 17th to the 19th century. Its probable
reference is to Charles II the exiled Stuart king who invaded England in 1651. He was defeated by Oliver
Cromwell at Worcester, taking refuge after the battle in the Royal Oak of Boscobel. He escaped thereafter to
France, returning as King Charles II in 1660, restoring the House of Stuart to power.
Note: See Glass Through the Ages, Haynes, Pl. 46-b, and p.130 for a discussion of a Scottish and Tyneside
glass, where he refers to such a press-molded stopper as “somewhat pagoda-like”. It is also thought to
represent the secret crown.
Condition: Decanter, excellent. Glasses. each is slightly different, and two footrims are possibly reduced;
one footrim is folded (left end example); two bubbles to the glass at right end
Decanter 7.75”H, Glasses 3.75”
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George III Half-Pint Decanter & 4 Glasses, Oak Leaves & Acorns, early 19th century