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Regimental Bug-Bear

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A wonderful example of a bug-bear flask, the coconut engraved in an English 18th century style; 'G. Haywood XIX Regt.' between trailing roses, thistles and shamrock, 'Where E'er I Roam, Whatever Place I See. I'll Always Think With Gratitude of Thee.', the figures of 'Peace' & 'Liberty' standing on columns, a love heart between them. English circa 1800.


It is not know when coconuts were first introduced to Europe, but in 1259 the Bishop of Durham was able to leave one in his will. The incidence of coconuts increases throughout the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries to the point where they are often mentioned in the inventories of the nobility. Tudor examples are usually mounted with silver straps uniting the silver rim with the silver stem and foot. Coconuts continued to be used for the bowls of goblets throughout the 18th and 19th century but in general the bowls are now left plain, the ornament confined to the silver mounts.

The exception to this rule being those coconuts that, like this example, were engraved, scrimshaw fashion, by sailors and soldiers, the tight grain of the nut allowing for fine detail, the craftsman finishing with an exceptionally personal item for themsleves to use or to give to a loved one when returning from a voyage or campaign.


8.5 in to top of stopper.

Item Code: 1672

£ 1400

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