Silver Plate Victorian Whiskey Flask with High Relief Flowers - Derby Silver Company - American Silver

A particularly beautiful silver plated whiskey flask with floral decoration in deep relief... most probably for a lady, and a stylish one at that. A lovely and practical way to carry a little nip of whiskey... or two... or perhaps even more since this flask is from those years when the Temperance Movement was active in the US, a time during which many ladies indulged in Patent Medicines rather than that devil whiskey. These popular tonics, bitters, balms, and oils, despite their being known as Patent Medicines, were rarely patented, but rather home brewed herbal concoctions based on folk remedies at best, and usually with the addition of liberal amounts of alcohol and often morphine and opium as well in the form of codeine, paregoric, and laudanum.

The first thing that you notice about this appealing and unusually decorative flask, and its most unusual feature, is the depth and beauty of the modeled relief which resembles repousse, but I think is cast or stamped and then hand chased ... really a stunning piece of workmanship.

Created by the Derby Silver Company of Shelton, Connecticut, whose original building near the Housatonic River overlooked the town of Derby. Derby Silver was a product of the American Industrial Revolution, which spawned many industries all over New England and the eastern seaboard, each employing thousands of workers. Most of these factories have now been closed, the Derby Silver Company in 1933, a victim of the Great Depression.

CONDITION is very nice with normal wear, some minor scuffs and a few small losses of the plating on the sides which are shown in the photos. The cap is cork lined and judging from its condition the flask looks to have had little use. Measures 6 3/8" long including the cap, 3 1/8" wide, and about 3/4" deep, and holds plenty for a discreet nip... or two... or more.

A fantastic piece from the opulent Gilded Age. Enjoy!

Item ID: RL-939

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