DescriptionNapoleonic Regimental Glass Campaign Flask
French, circa 1812
The glass flask with basket cover, the front applied with a large gilt metal Napoleonic crowned eagle perched on crossed arrows, above the gold and openwork no. 36, the sides mounted in brown leather, each side attached to a red white and blue cord, with cork-7 in. long x 5 in. wide
Born Napoleone di Buonaparte in 1769 on France's recently acquired island of Corsica and trained at the Royal Military School in Paris, Napoleon adeptly translated a successful military career into political leadership during the turbulent years of the French Revolution. Crowning himself Emperor of France in 1804, the ambitious general launched a dramatic campaign that soon put large swaths of continental Europe under his scepter. It was only when he launched his ill-fated invasion of Russia in 1812 that his dreams of hegemony were dashed. Defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815 against an alliance led by Britain and Prussia confirmed the end of Napoleon's grand ambitions. Nevertheless, his many reforms in law and administration helped modernize much of Europe.
Purchased from Forsyth's, Nashville, TN
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