Punch bowl - ROM2006_7037_2


Punch bowl

Maker: Unidentified maker
Geography: Probably Liverpool, England
Date: c. 1777
11.4 x 29.8 cm
Object number: 924.16.22
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada

The inscription inside the bowl reads: “Success to General Burgoyne in Canada.” This bowl was presented to General John Burgoyne (1722-1792) in 1777, upon his departure for Canada to assume command of the British army there. He had orders to take his army south and engage the American rebels. He underestimated the prowess of the American militia with the result that his army was defeated at the Battle of Saratoga. Gentleman Johnny, as he was known, finished his life as a playwright.

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