Dating antique drinking glasses
At the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763, he along with many others opposed what they considered to be over-generous peace terms granted to the defeated enemy, France, in the Treaty of Paris.
When the young King George III made a speech praising the Treaty, Wilkes, in issue number 45 of The North Briton, attacked the speech which he recognised as having been written by Bute.
GF39Price 230 Splendid Georgian toasting rummer, flute-moulded pan-top bowl engraved with fruiting vine on capstan stem, large foot & rough pontil mark.
Crowds chanted "Wilkes, Liberty and the Number 45".709 Lovely Georgian rummer with bucket shaped bowl finely engraved with a representation of a sailing ship passing under the Sunderland Bridge over the Weir above two quadrants giving the dimensions of the bridge (Span 136 feet, Height 100 feet), on stem with central ball knop.
The reverse is engraved with the Union Emblems (rose, thistle and shamrock). W9391 Beautiful pair of Edwardian goblets with conical bowls finely etched with oval medalions containing a female classical figure surrounded by foliage, scrollwork and pendant flowers, on plain drawn stems.
The name perhaps derives from German "roemer", but its association with rum, the drink of the Navy, seems more plausible.
Towards the end of the 18th century and into the 19th a hot toddy of rum, water, spices and sugar would be drunk from these glasses.
We always have a selection in stock, ranging in price from 50 upwards.
The King, feeling personally insulted, was encouraged to issue general warrants (warrants in which the name of the accused is not specified) for the arrest of Wilkes and 48 others on a charge of seditious libel.At the trial, the Lord Chief Justice ruled that as an MP Wilkes was protected by Parliamentary privilege from arrest on a charge of libel.