A baluster is a drinking glass featuring a short vertical support with a circular section and a vase-like outline. Typically, those from England do not excel in grandness. Rather, they are distinctive expressions of a civil society, and as such, display the virtues of a moderate but comfortable life. Not so this goblet. It nearly doubles the size of an ordinary English wine glass, and must have been made for public representation rather than for daily use. Our goblet celebrates one of the crucial moments in British history. Its bowl is engraved with the royal arms of Great Britain as they were in use from 1603 until 1707, and with the monogram of Queen Anne (AR for Anna Regina; r. 1702–1714). A rose and a thistle on the foot, the emblems of the English and Scottish nations, apparently refer to the union of the two kingdoms in 1707. The royal arms of Britain changed after this agreement was settled, which indicates that the goblet was engraved before, most likely in 1707. Not many comparable glasses are known. A slightly smaller wine glass with cusp-knobbed stem and the same coat of arms in The Fitzwilliam Museum of Art (C.588-1961) comes closest.