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Amen glass

  • Place of origin:

    Newcastle, England (probably, made)
    Scotland, Great Britain (engraved)

  • Date:

    1740-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass with diamond-point engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by M. J. Franklin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, room 131, case 22, shelf 2

Physical description

Stem: teared; Bowl: trumpet

Place of Origin

Newcastle, England (probably, made)
Scotland, Great Britain (engraved)


1740-1750 (made)


Unknown (production)

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, England (probably Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 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.
Exhibition Catalogue for 'Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt', Palace Green Library, Durham University, 1 June - 31 August 2015.

Exhibition History

In the Name of the Rose: The Jacobite Rebellions, Symbolism & Allegiance (Fairfax House 01/08/2013-30/12/2013)

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


Glass; Politics; Scotland

Collection code


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