Bonnie Prince Charlie

Bonnie Prince Charlie

Throughout history there have been a number of people whose fame long after their deaths has not been consigned to the pages of  history books, but instead remained fresh in the public’s minds, their posthumous reputations and popularity far outweighing anything they may have achieved in their lifetime. Such a person was the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie. Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Silvester Severino Maria Stuart was born on 31st December 1720 in the residence of his exiled father in the Palazzo Muti, in Rome. The timing of his birth, at the end of the  year, was deemed by Jacobites to be very propitious and there was great celebration. The boy was the Stuart claimant to the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland. Popularly he was known as Bonnie Prince Charlie due to his boyish good looks and alleged charm. The Young Pretender is best remembered for his role in the 1745 uprising and  his defeat at Culloden in April 1746 which effectively ended the Stuart cause. His escape from Scotland after the uprising led to his enduring portrayal as a romantic figure of heroic failure. This high carat gold slide circa 1725, contains a charming and rather romanticised watercolour portrait of the child Charles wearing a tartan shawl, set under faceted rock crystal. The slide measures one inch by 2/3 of an inch and comes with a detachable gold loop so it can be worn as a pendant. It comes in a contemporary fitted case. Well executed and immaculate.

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