- Museum number
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.
- Production date
- 1745 (circa)
Length: 120 centimetres (approx)
- 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.
For further examples, see the pair sold at Bonham's, Edinburgh, 25 August 2005, lot 800:
Another pair was sold at Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, 13 May 2015, lot 112:
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013 9 Aug-31 Dec, York, Fairfax House, In the Name of the Rose
2018 -2019, 6 Sep - 20 Jan, London, BM, G35, I Object
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Jacobite Rebellion
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number