This is a striking British horse riding flask, made of glass and silver. The traditional riding flask is presented with its original leather case. This flask case is engraved with the original owner's initials, J.L.M. The flask would have been used on fox hunts, most likely in the United Kingdom. Based on the style, the flask dates to 1900-1930.
The conical glass flask with silver top is housed in a handsome tan 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. Traditionally, women's flasks were small enough to fit into their silver sandwich boxes while men's were larger and carried separately.
This beautifully preserved riding flask is in very good condition, especially considering age. There is minimal tarnish or discoloration, as well as very few scuff marks. Leather case has some wear, as to be expected with frequent use.
Dimensions: 10" H x 2 3/4" W.