Silver goblet

Silver goblet presented by the people of Martinique to Admiral George Brydges Rodney (1718?-92) to commemorate his victory at the Battle of the Saints, 12 April 1782.

Plain goblet, gilded inside, standing on a circular foot with a beaded rim. Engraved with a scene of the French Admiral the Comte de Grasse handing the French colours to Britannia with the Flagship 'VILLE DE PARIS' in the background and Neptune standing with his trident. A putto above the figures plays a trumpet with the inscription '12 Apr 1782'.

On the other side a crest of 'a dolphin naiant embowed, devouring a fish both proper' is that of Captain John Symonds, Rodney's flag captain of the 'Formidable'.
After a period of outstanding success, Rodney achieved a decisive victory over the French fleet under the command of Admiral de Grasse in the West Indies, off the islands known as Les Saintes on 12 April 1782. He was rewarded with a peerage and honoured with Freedoms.

Object Details

ID: PLT0081
Collection: Decorative art
Type: Goblet
Display location: Display - Atlantic Gallery
Creator: Schofield, John
Places: London
Events: American War of Independence: Battle of the Saints, 1782
Vessels: Ville de Paris fl.1782 (French navy)
Date made: 1783-1784; 1783-84
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; War and Conflict
People: People of Martinique; Symonds, Johnd Paul, François-Joseph Rodney, George Brydges Symonds family
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 165 x 93 mm

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