On the 15th of June 2011, a wine glass will be auctioned off at Bonham’s, in London, which is supposed to belong to Napoleon Bonaparte. The unusual liquor glass encased with red leather coated wooden case presented in a fine fashion with a note of hand written which reads as By the Count Strasoldo Governor of Elba, in 1818 A.D., 1st Emperor Napoleon’s Wine Glafs was given to James C.Fyler Esqr. Which suggests that the owner of the glass to be on campaign as a senior military commander.
On the letter attached to the case it refers to Milan as the representative of the Holy Roman Empire. After leaving Elba, Singleton and Fyler continued travelling around Italy before returning to England, and so it is possible that Fyler acquired the glass either while visiting Elba or from elsewhere in Italy through a meeting with Strassoldo.
A referring letter was attached to the case, addressed to the Count Strasoldo the Governor of Elba. Giulio Giuseppe di Strassoldo von Graffenberg was the representative of the Roman Empire at this time. Before returning to England, they must have met the governor or elsewhere in Italy or in Elba where they were able to acquire the glass during their meeting.
Head of Bonham’s Glass Department, Simon Cottle, remembers the similarity of the glass with the emperor’s initials with crown with specially made case which was in the possession of some direct descendants of the first emperor in the Museo Napoleonico in Rome, and the case is specially made for the glass. The very portable nature of the glass is perfect for a man with class and elegance.