So, here’s me watching the Antique Roadshow (which I believe originated on the right side of the pond). And there is this silver cup with the inscription on the lip “Relick of the Revolution.”
It was believed by the owner to be an artifact (that is a relic) of the US Revolution itself, but the appraiser said that it actually was a person—a Dr. James Martin, Surgeon—who had given it as a gift to his daughter and he was the relick in question and that the silver cup dated from about 1825.
I came across this word some years ago in Scottish graveyards and I have asked this question before in the group. Can a person be a relic, relick, relict?
In the graveyard inscriptions in St. Andrews it was the denomination of the widow of the deceased.
So, a person (edit: even a man?) can be a relic? I’m increasingly feeling just so in my advanced age.