Glass wine goblet, 4.625 in. ht., featuring detailed etching of the British Fleet on the water, with floral motif below, accompanied by the text, "Capture of Gibralter [sic] / By the British Fleet 1704." Starburst design cut on underside of foot.
The position of Gibraltar, which guards the entrance to the Mediterranean, has been fought over by France, Spain, and Britain for many years, with all powers claiming possession. On August 4, 1704, during the Spanish Succession, Gibraltar was captured from the Spanish by an Anglo-Dutch fleet under the command of Admiral George Rooke. Starting at dawn, approximately 15,000 cannon were fired from the fleet into the city, and under the leadership of the English majority, the invaders landed on the same morning, encountering little opposition from the Spanish.
Provenance: Property of N. Flayderman & Co.
Overall very fine condition, with light wear to underside of base of goblet.
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