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A Napoleonic Wine Bottle

A Napoleonic wine bottle.

A Napoleonic Wine Bottle

This wine bottle bears the mark of Napoleon, but unfortunately, its contents have long since been consumed.

John Chalmers Da Costa, an 1885 graduate of Jefferson Medical College and Samuel D. Gross Professor of Surgery at Jefferson, received the bottle as a gift when he was attending President Woodrow Wilson in France after World War I.

Da Costa intended to give the wine to Mrs. Da Costa, but the story goes that after much coaxing from friends during his return voyage to American, he was persuaded to open the bottle and consume the contents. The empty bottle, therefore, is all that Mrs. Da Costa received.

This bottle is an example of the objects preserved in the Memorabilia Collection of the University Archives and Special Collections.