Rare Jacobite drinking glass to see $48,000 in UK auction

An extremely rare Jacobite drinking glass is to highlight a superb collection of 18th century glassware at a UK auction in November.

Known as the Lennoxlove Amen, the glass was made in the 1750s and is one of only 40 recorded examples. It celebrates the cause of the Jacobites in Britain, who originally hoped to restore King James II - the last Roman Catholic monarch to reign over the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland.

The glass was made to toast Prince Charles Edward Stuart, otherwise known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. The prince followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, King James II, as the second Jacobite pretender to the throne and is known for his leadership in the unsuccessful Jacobite uprising of 1745.

Since its purchase at Christie's in 1947, the spectacular piece has been housed in the collection of Edward Phillips and has been on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. It is also photographed in Geoffrey B Seddon's authoritative work The Jacobytes and Their Drinking Glasses. One of the rarest drinking glasses in Britain today, it is expected to sell with a high estimate of £30,000 ($48,060).

Also featuring from Phillips' collection on November 6-7 is a 1750 Jacobite glass that is engraved with a portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie, which is expected to bring £8,000 ($12,823), and also a Jacobite port decanter, which has been valued at £7,000 ($11,220).

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