Tumbler, presented to Rear Admiral Sir Frederick Maitland

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Postcard of Tumbler, presented to Rear Admiral Sir Frederick Maitland.
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Tumbler, presented to Rear Admiral Sir Frederick Maitland

This lead-glass tumbler was presented to Rear Admiral Sir Frederick Maitland by his prisoner, the Emperor Napoleon, while on board H.M.S. Bellerophon in 1815.

The tumbler is inscribed with the cromed cypher (initial) of the Empress Josephine, Napoleon's first wife.

Admiral Maitland's rise to fame owed something to chance when Napoleon chose to escape France from the port of Rochefort after his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Maitland's ship, HMS Bellerophon was guarding Rochefort at the time. Maitland took Napoleon on board and brought him to England. Although Napoleon complained of the treatment he had received while under British protection he told Maitland 'I feel your conduct to me throughout has been that of a gentleman and a man of honour'.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-200-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.L1998.49.2
Date: 1815
Material: Crystal
What: Glass, drinking
Subject: Ceramics and glass
Who: Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (Presenter)
Empress Josephine
H.M.S. Bellerophon
Rear Admiral Frederick Lewis Maitland (Owner)
Royal Navy (British sea forces)
Description: Royal Navy - Crystal tumbler presented to Admiral Maitland by the Emperor Napoleon as a consequence of his time spent on H.M.S. Bellerophon in 1815
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