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Details of Lot 250
The Lennoxlove 'Amen' glass, circa 1750, the trumpet shaped bowl diamond point engraved with a crown, cipher with small 8, two verse anthem and Amen, on a plain drawn stem and folded foot, 17.5cm high

See Geoffrey B Seddon 'The Jacobites and their Drinking Glasses', Antiques Collector's Club 1995, p200-201, plates 145 a,b,c and d. Seddon refers to the provenance and exhibition history as follows:
'The Lords Blantyre, of Lennoxlove, Haddington and their successors the Bairds of Newbyth, owned by Robert Baird and sold at Christies 18-12 1947, lot 113 when it was acquired by Messrs. Arthur Churchill, the present owner is K.A. Alexander (1995) and the glass is on loan to the Victoria and Albert museum.
Exhibited by the Baird family at the Sotheby Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry, held in Glasgow 1911 by Messrs Arthur Churchill at the Antique Dealer's Fair in 1948, and the Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition of English Glass in 1968.'

See also www.scotlandsglass.co.uk where Ian Mckenzie, a professional glass engraver working in Australia concluded in 2010 that the most likely engraver of the Amen glasses was a Scottish artist and line engraver, Sir Robert Strange (1721-1792). Strange was an expert in diamond point engraving, served in Prince Charles's army in the '45 Rebellion and was married to a Jacobite Isabella Lumisden, daughter of William Lumisden, a son of a Bishop of Edinburgh.

Whilst there are apparently only 37 genuine 'Amen' glasses, they do appear at auction from time to time. See Christies King Street, London, November 2nd 1998, Lot 1 for the 'Ker' Amen glass (34,500), Christies King Street, London, May 18th 1999, Lot 322, for the 'Ogilvy of Inshewan' Amen glass (35,600)

Bought by Mr Phillips, Asprey, London 1986

Sold for £43000
Edward V. Phillips 6th & 7th November
6 November 2012