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Amen glass

Amen glass

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably.
    NB: Previously considered to have probably been made in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, made)
    Scotland (engraved)

  • Date:

    1740-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass with diamond-point engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with contribution from the Hugh Phillips bequest.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Stem: teared
Bowl: trumpet
Engraved with four verses of the Jacobite anthem

Place of Origin

England (probably.
NB: Previously considered to have probably been made in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, made)
Scotland (engraved)


1740-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glass with diamond-point engraving

Marks and inscriptions

4 verses of the Jacobite anthem, 'J R 8' and dedication to the Duke of York


Height: 18.5 cm, Diameter: 8.7 cm

Descriptive line

'Amen' glass, probably made in England (the engraving added in Scotland), 1740-1750

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

R J Charleston, G Seddon, 'The Amen Glasses', Glass Circle No.5, 1986. J V G Mallet, 'Recent Acquisitions in the V&A Museum's Department of Ceramics & Glass', Burlington, May 1987
Phillip, H. In the Name of the Rose: The Jacobite Rebellions, Symbolism and Allegiance. York: Fairfax House, 2013.
Geoffrey B. Seddon. The Jacobites and their Drinking Glasses Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1995, p. 191, illustrated plates 137d, 139a, b and 168d. This glass was in the collectin of Donald H. Beves which was bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in 1961. Selected duplicated items from the collection were sold on behalf of the museum by Sotheby's, 11 November, 1964. This glass, known as 'The Beves' was lot 152. It was sold again by Sotheby's 6 June, 1984, lot 161 when it was bought by the museum.
Liddy, C., Hamlett, E. and Burn. A. Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt. 2015. Durham University and Osprey Publishing. p.22.

Labels and date

Engraved with 'J R 8' for James VIII of Scotland, a dedication to the Duke of York, and four verses of the Jacobite anthem []


ELISE; Glass; Politics; Scotland


Ceramics Collection

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