Pair of Georgian engraved glass patty pans

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A pair of glass patty pans (for serving either butter or savoury jellies) engraved “To the man in the black trousers” referring to the anti William sentiments regarding the Abolition of the Slavery Act. During the reign of George III the then Prince William had sought to repair Anglo-American relations, but despite his experiences of seeing slavery in the West Indies whilst serving in the Royal Navy, William argued against Wilberforce and his attempts to end slavery. Freedom would do the slaves little good, he argued - he listened to the arguments of the plantation owners whilst in the West Indies and agreed with them. 'To the Man in the Black Trousers' is a play on words from the earlier ' To the Man in the Black Velvet Waistcoat' - William III's death was directly attributable to a fall from a horse following the horse putting a hoof down a mole hole - the mole having a black velvet coat- Jacobite enemies would therefore raise a toast to 'The little man in the black velvet waistcoat' - the mole responsible for hole that caused the accident. British, c. 1780 (engraved early 19th century

Measuring: 7cm wide

British, c. 1780 (engraved early 19th century)