Captain George Vancouver, Fair Winds and God Speed, a King’s Lynn glass beaker c.1790, £2200 at Kinghams.

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During his travels he circumnavigated the Canadian island now known as Vancouver Island, and later published his findings in the three-volume book Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean (1798).

This 5in (12cm) glass beaker was probably made in King’s Lynn as a souvenir of his embarkment. Alongside the central image of the three-masted Discovery, it is engraved with the legend Captain George Vancouver, Fair Winds and God Speed.

A rare survivor with obvious cross-over collecting appeal, it sold for £2200 at Kinghams (25/18/15% buyer’s premium) in Moreton-In-Marsh, on December 7 against an estimate of £500-800.


Queen Anne heavy baluster wine glass, £7500 at Kinghams.

It was a much earlier 18th century drinking glass that, against the same guide, made £7500 at the Gloucestershire sale.

This was one of the Queen Anne heavy baluster wine glasses that are so admired by collectors. This example was a particularly pleasing form with a single air drop to the bowl and an egg-shaped tear to the stem. It sold via