Very important English, blown glass, sealed wine bottle belonging to Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, son of King George II (1 February 1707 – 31 March 1751); a most colorful and important figure in early 18th century England an was first in line of succession to the inherit the British throne from 1727 until his death.
He arrived in England in 1728, one year after his father became King George II. According to Van der Kiste, pp. 39, 85, “he was a high-spirited youth fond of drinking, gambling and women“. Prince Frederick Lewis, was always in opposition of his father, King George II, and never became King himself as he predeceased his father in 1760.
The seal bears the Lewis Royal Family Crest of a greyhound (royalty) upon a chapeau (peer to the throne) as it was created at that time. Its near transitional form, along with the date of Prince Lewis arriving in England (1728) would date its manufacture in the 1728-1730 period.
About 6 7/8” tall. Deep green “black” glass. Deep kick-up with “sand pontil”. String rim chipped as in photos, otherwise excellent with no cracks or bruises, full gloss to glass and expected use wear.
Unlisted by Ruggles-Brise and Dumbrell. Probably the only surviving example.
See the 2 photos showing the crest and reference as pictured in the monumental reference book, “Fairbairn’s Creats of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland“.
Certainly one of the most important sealed wine bottles in existence.
This historical piece should be on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum!
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