An engraved Privateer wine glass with Eagle frigate, circa 1760
Lot 46
An engraved Privateer wine glass for the Eagle frigate, circa 1760
Sold for £11,875 (US$ 19,947) inc. premium
Lot Details
An engraved Privateer wine glass for the Eagle frigate, circa 1760
The large bucket bowl engraved with the three-masted ship in full sail flying the ensign, inscribed around the rim 'Success to the EAGLE FRIGATE.', on a double series opaque twist stem with two pairs of spiral threads encircling a gauze, plain conical foot, 16.6cm high


  • Provenance: Peter Meyer Collection
    With Maureen Thompson, 13 July 1982

    Exhibited: Glass Circle Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, 1997, no.95

    The Eagle is the best known of the Bristol 'Privateers' due to its appearance on sets of wine glasses with opaque twist stems. The Eagle was owned by Messrs. Camplin and Smith of Bristol and Manslip and Wilkinson of London. She was purpose built as a Privateer and was described as being 250 tons and carried 24 guns. The Eagle was declared on 13 November 1756 by Captain John Knill, whose name appears on several Privateer glasses alongside an image of his vessel. In April 1757 the London Chronicle referred to the Eagle under the command of Captain Dibden. See Damer Powell, Bristol Privateers and Ships of War (1930), p.205.

    A very similar glass was sold in these rooms 30 May 2012, lot 69. Another, engraved with the additional name of John Knill, was in the A C Hubbard Jr. Collection sold in these rooms 30 November 2012, lot 111
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