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Cameo ring with a portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stewart

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000-100-002-596-C
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Cameo ring with a portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stewart

This gold and enamel cameo ring was made around 1748, possibly in Paris by exiled Edinburgh goldsmith Adam Tait. It contains a gold medallion bearing a bust of Prince Charles Edward Stewart.

The hoop of the ring is inscribed, on white enamel, with the Latin words 'Dum Spirat Spero' ('While he breathes I hope'), and 'CPR' (for Charles, Prince Regent).

The ring was given to the Museum of Scotland in 1783 - five years before Prince Charles died - by Alexander Gairdner, an Edinburgh goldsmith. Most Jacobite jewellery dates from the period when the cause was effectively lost.


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Online ID: 000-100-002-596-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NJ 91
Date: Around 1748
c. 1750
Material: Gold; enamel. Inscription: C.P.R. / DUM SPIRAT SPERO
Dimensions: 20 mm Dia
What: Ring
Subject: Jewellery : finger rings (NMAS Classification)
Who: Adam Tait, Paris (Maker)
J.B. Lemoyne
Prince Charles Edward Stuart or Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) (subject)
Where: France, Paris
Event:
Description: Gold and enamel ring inset with a gold medallion of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, inscribed "C.P.R." and "DUM SPIRAT SPERO", probably by exiled Edinburgh goldsmith Adam Tait in Paris, c. 1750
References:
  • Calder, J. (ed). 'The Wealth of a Nation'. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989 p. 68 
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