This is a beautifully crafted vintage leather and glass traditional riding hunt flask, circa 1910. The conical glass flask with silver top in housed in a handsome brown leather case. Saddle flasks can be made from glass, heavy crystal, pewter, or can be silver or silver-plated. Once in the leather holder, they attach to the D rings at the front of the saddle. Their broad strap passes under the saddle flap & attaches to the girth straps.
While port is still upheld as the traditional drink of the hunt, the contents of the fox hunter’s flask, a sanctioned piece of apparel, were sometimes replaced with wine or whiskey. Whatever it takes to fortify the spirit and keep riders warm during a season that spans from early fall to the last days of winter. The ritual of toasting with port before a fox hunt and stopping for a drink and sandwich mid-hunt dates back to the 17th century and remains an integral part of the modern-day sport.
Good condition. Slight wear to leather, mostly small scuffs from previous use. Strap still functional, original hardware attached. Glass and silver top to flask in good and working condition.
Dimensions: 9 1/4" H x 2 3/4" W x 2 3/4" D (with case).