Corsair Items to Be Auctioned
April 9, 2011
Items including stemware, china, poker chips and a cigar cutter taken from famous fanancier JP Morgan’s steam yacht “Corsair” will be auctioned off in Boston on May 1, 2011.
The “Corsair” became the flagship for the New York Yacht Club in 1897, in concurrence with the election of JP Morgan as Commodore. Onboard “Corsair”, the icon of American finance and his world-renowned guests ate from 200 pieces of this custom-designed Mintons china, cigars were cut with the sterling silver Tiffany cigar cutter, cognac was sipped from the crystal stemware and bets were made with these poker chips. All pieces have a gold and blue border and are hand-painted with the New York Yacht Club burgee on crossed gold flagstaffs with either the Morgan house flag displaying a crescent moon and star or the Club Commodore flag showing a blue field with white anchor surrounded by stars. The pieces are further emblazoned with blue ribbons decorated in gold with “Corsair” or “Flagship”. The china will be sold in individual lots as well as some sets of 2, 4 or 6.
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