Objects of Interest


Shot Flask 

English, c.1750

An interesting shot flask with original strap for hanging from the belt. The leather has now hardened, and the surface shows enough wear to be interesting. More powder horns than shot flasks have survived -- but they must have been made in equal numbers! So here's the rarer half of the pair!


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Three Medieval Portraits on Bone 

English, 15th c.

A remarkable group of three profile portraits carved on marrow bones. Probably mounted on a table cabinet for valuables. They are so lifelike they might almost be portraits of the family. One of the most exceptional examples of medieval art that we've been able to offer. From an English collection formed in the 1970s.


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Spoon Rack 

Welsh, mid-18th c.

It's the exceptional pierced crest that makes this one stand out! Other good things are the racks that take 12 wide handled spoons; the candlebox with its original, locally-made wire hinges, and the good medium-dark honey color. A nice country piece.


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Scythe Sharpener 

English, 17th/18th c.

The sort of unregarded tool that never survives. But this one did. Mowers using scythes to cut hay carried the horn sheath on their belt, and used the iron to keep the scythe razor sharp. Age has given the horn a wonderfully tactile texture. The iron is smooth on one side from use, and rough cast on the other. The form is unchanged since the Middle Ages, as the illumination shows.


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Leather Flask 

English, early 18th c.

Heavy, stitched leather with dark patina. Two suspension holes for a leather thong to hang it from a belt or even round the shoulders. Not many have survived in as good condition as this.


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