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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1893,0205.58

  • Description

    Jacobite garter, in the form of a long thin woven silk strip, with pattern in red, blue, yellow, green and white interspersed with the words: GOD BLESS PC AND DOWN WITH RUMP. The main body of the strip has a striped pattern, with at each end a band of tartan pattern; the ends are fringed.

  • Date

    • 1745 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 120 centimetres (approx)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        GOD BLESS PC AND DOWN WITH RUMP
  • Curator's comments

    The register entry refers to 'Notes & Queries', 8th Series, XI, 378. See also Seligman's Domestic Needlework (1926) plate XVI.
    For two contemporary quotations, see 'The Manchester Magazine', 30 December 1746 : "Several looms have lately been employed to furnish watch strings and garters with this elegant motto God preserve PC and down with the Rump"; and 'Gentleman's Magazine' 1748 p.461 (essay on garters) : " ...not to be daubed with plaid and crammed with treason. I was creditably informed that garters of this sort were first introduced in the late rebellion by some female aid de camps [sic]". (the above references quoted in M. Darby, 'Jacobite Garters', Victoria & Albert Museum Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 4, October 1966, pp. 157-163).
    The V&A holds a closely similar woven silk garter, with the inscription: 'Our Prince is Brave Our Cause is Just' (T.121-1931)., together with a pair of similar garters inscribed:' God bless the Prince and save the King, while Whiggs and Rumps in halters swing' (T. 107 and a-1938).
    For discussion of the word 'rump', see 2004,1222.1.

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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2013 9 Aug-31 Dec, York, Fairfax House, In the Name of the Rose

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    6 January 1993

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Remove creases. Discuss mounting.

    Condition

    Creased : previously folded for storage.

    Treatment details

    Creases relaxed using distilled water vapour from ultrasonic local humidifier. Allowed to dry under glass weights. Textile rolled on section of cardboard tube, interleaved with acid-free tissue, to prevent further creasing.

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Jacobite Rebellion
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1893

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1893,0205.58

Jacobite garter, on the form of a long thin woven silk strip, with pattern in red, blue, yellow, green and whiteinterspersed with the words: GOD  BLESS  PC AND  DOWN  WITH  RUMP. The main body of the strip has a striped pattern, with at each end a band of tartan pattern; the ends are fringed.

Jacobite garter, on the form of a long thin woven silk strip, with pattern in red, blue, yellow, green and whiteinterspersed with the words: GOD BLESS PC AND DOWN WITH RUMP. The main body of the strip has a striped pattern, with at each end a band of tartan pattern; the ends are fringed.

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