Coconut Flask, Battle Scene, 18th Century
Coconut Flask, Battle Scene, 18th century
Maker & Markings: Extensive battle scene between infantrymen and cavalrymen each wearing uniforms with hats and carrying firearms or swords. A memorial at the top is surrounded by winged cherubs and a dog. Silver cap at the base of the flask which has been flattened to remain upright, an unusual feature. Grotesque face with glass eyes at the spout end and silver mounts with chain and cork.
Construction: Carved with silver mounts Date: 18th century.
Size: L. 4.5 x D. 2.75"
Weight: 4 oz.
Condition: Deep rich patina, excellent with all mounts and chain present. Carving coconuts was a popular pastime for sailors and soldiers with time on their hands. Coconuts have been used dating back to the 16th century and earlier, some produced by naive artisans while others exhibit professional carving.
Meta: Nautical, coconut, flask, carving, tropical, battle scene, memorial