Jacobite Four Peers ring realises 57% increase on estimate

A Jacobite Four Peers ring has sold for ?�31,500 ($49,690) at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh, an increase of 57.4% on a ?�20,000 ($31,549) estimate.

It's one of a handful commissioned by a Scottish peer in the aftermath of the 1745 uprising, which pitched Scottish supporters of the catholic "Bonnie" Prince Charlie against the English crown.

Four Peers ring
The Four Peers ring commemorates the end of the Jacobite uprising

The Jacobites were brutally put down at the Battle of Culloden.

The ring commemorates those lost on the battlefield and the four Scottish peers, Lovat, Balmarino, Kilmarnock and Cromartie, who were executed in the aftermath.

Colin Fraser of Lyon & Turnbull commented prior to the sale: "It is arguably the finest of the Four Peers Rings in survival and has excellent provenance coming from the James Graham of Arith Collection.

"Three others are known to survive, all within institutional collections including the National Museums Scotland and two within the British Museum�Ǫ

"The allure of Charles Edward Stuart, the "Bonnie Prince Charlie" of legend, and his romantic but ill-starred campaigns continues to this day."

A lock of the prince's hair realised ?�5,250 ($8,285).

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