A CONTINENTAL BONE SCRIMSHAWED POWDER-FLASK OF LARGE SIZE,
late 17th to early 18th century and formed from oxen scapulae, both faces profusely scrimshawed with scenes of mounted and standing hunters pursuing game with bows and spears and bordered with stylised rope-twist and foliate margins, the edges banded with moulded iron with applied raised decoration (some mounts with traces of applied red silk), rolled iron spout (loose), suspension ring at neck and serpentine iron mount at lower leading corner (fixing screw replaced), the rear and lower edge with further applied bone decoration scrimshawed with a running fleur de lys decoration and complete with a period embroidered suspension strap with applied pom-poms and tassels and a bullion fringed rope applied around the rear and lower edges (small losses to bone, material decoration heavily degraded), the main body approximately 20in. overall not including spout.
Provenance: This rare and unusual flask was almost certainly made to act as a powder magazine for refreshing individual powder horns of a high status hunting party
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