SPECIAL ADVISORY: In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Yale University Art Gallery will close to the public beginning Friday, October 16, 2020. Learn More

Numismatics
PrevNext1 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext2 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext3 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext4 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext5 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext6 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext7 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext8 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext9 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext10 of 10
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Dedicatee: John and Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Naseby Cup

1839

Silver and gold

16 × 31 1/4 × 10 1/4 in. (40.6 × 79.4 × 26 cm)
Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001, Gift of Eric Streiner
2001.87.56180
This magnificent silver cup was commissioned by John and Mary Frances Fitzgerald, the Lord and Lady of the Manor at Naseby, to commemorate the Battle of Naseby. Fought on June 14, 1645, the battle was part of the English Civil War between King Charles I and the British Parliament led by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell. Elaborate silverworks became popular in England during the Victorian era, though subject matter and function varied considerably. To produce the piece, seventy-two coins, counters, and medals from the period of the English Civil War were integrated into the silver trophy. Many of these are incredibly rare and include a New England Shilling dating to 1652, as well as a large gold Crown of Charles I, which was minted in Oxford in 1644 and depicts a horseman and a view of the city.
Geography: 
Made in England
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
British
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Numismatics
Provenance: 

Eric Streiner, New York, to about 1990; Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn., from about 1990 to 2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.