Bonhams to Sell a Wine Glass Reputed to Have Belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte


LONDON.- A wine glass that is thought to have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte is to be part of the auction of Fine British and European Glass and Paperweights on 15th June 2011 at Bonhams, New Bond Street, London. The glass is offered in a red-leather coated wooden case with gilded toolwork, and attached to the case is a handwritten note that reads Wine Glafs of 1st Emperor Napoleon given to James C.Fyler Esqr. by the Count Strasoldo Governor of Elba in 1818 A.D. It is unusual for a liquer glass to be encased in such a fine manner, strongly suggesting that the owner may have been a senior military commander on campaign. In 1814 Napoleon was exiled to the Italian island of Elba following his abdication at Fontainbleau and he lived in a house that was subsequently inhabited by the Governor of the island. In 1817, James Chamness Fyler (1790-1858) to whom the label on the glass case is thought to refer, visited the island with hi