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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Moon Flask

I brought this home from the auction yesterday.
Yeah, that sweet little bird just had to be mine! Nobody was
sure what it was, and it was sold as an antique ceramic bottle.
  It's has a disc shape and doesn't stand.  I thought maybe it was
 a flask and then I thought maybe it was a hot water bottle,
especially with those moons on the back side!





My friend Keith knows a lot about antiques and he travels a
lot, so I sent him a photo and asked him what he thought.
He said he thought it was a personal wine flask.
The French grape pickers used them out in the vineyards.
Mine is missing it's cork and shoulder strap.
It's about 8" in diameter and 2" thick.
A search online seems to prove him right.
It's called a moon flask, I guess for it's disc shape.

So, what do you think?
The English Robin and holly don't seem French.
Anybody ever see one of these before?

41 comments:

  1. Nope....never
    But it is very attractive, and I am sure you will find the perfect spot for it!
    Are you ready for Earth Hour?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Maybe I'll get a cork and strap for it and carry it this summer to the outdoor auctions...filled with ice and lemonade? haha. How stylish! :)

      No Earth Hour for us. The boys wouldn't understand going dark for an hour. They'd probably kill someone without the use of their electronics.

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  2. huh. def looks like a flask but def more ornamental than i would think of
    could it have been decorated after and made into something
    to hang in the home?

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    1. Maybe! Maybe they wanted to use it for their Christmas Sherry!

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  3. Just time to see this before I turn in.
    Never seen one before, Betsy
    It's an attractive piece - yes all you need is a new stopper and a strap, fill it with wine and away you go! lol

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    1. I'd just get happier and happier as the day went along! haha.

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    2. "Na Strovia"
      Polish for good health

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    3. Well, thank you! I'll take that in any language!

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  4. it is pretty, my grandpa carried a metal flask in his jacket pocket, his had brandy in it, purely medicinal purposes I'm sure, ;), this one is much classier! The crescent moons don't seem to jive with the birds, special ordered?

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    1. I thought the same thing! The moons on the back are a little weird! I thought they represented the night, which is why I thought maybe it was a bed warmer. Who knows!

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  5. I've never seen anything like this before. I think you can fix it up and take a little wine along to the next auction!

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    1. I wonder if I'd loose my job. hahaha....

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  6. First time I've seen a flask like that
    But I did go with flask at my mat
    Just seems like that is what it is for
    As wouldn't hot water melt/crack it at your shore

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    1. might be a good point
      would be sad to melt it's joints!

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  7. Very interesting. I've never seen anything like that before, but then again, if I had I wouldn't have had a clue as to what it was.

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    1. It is unusual, isn't it? Not sure where it will end up yet.....sell or keep? Maybe I can find a strap and cork for it.

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  8. Shop! Shop! Shop! Well, actually, no. Let me know BEFORE it goes in the shop! :-) Love this piece. Looks as if the side with the bird on it was possibly bare when made, then someone decided to decorate it? Don't know, but a lovely piece. I think I am going to a nearby flea market tomorrow. Have not been to it in years, but might go exploring.

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    1. The paint seems to be under the glaze. Keith said it was probably a souvenir piece. Of course it was the bird on it that made me buy it in the first place! haha. I think I need to look for a cork and strap for it. It would be pretty just hanging somewhere, don't you think? It doesn't have to be useful...just beautiful!

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    2. Agreed - would be so pretty hanging - maybe as part of your foyer display? Would be lovely there... or propped up somehow? Then you could turn it every one in a while to show the other side. Either way, it needs to be seen and admired. Lovely find!

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  9. r these painted from the inside?
    I love those.

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    1. from the inside? do you mean under the glaze? yes. I think so...at least the front is.

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  10. I have not seen that before. Really fun piece though.

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    1. A little unusual...but that's why I like it. ha.

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  11. Such an antique piece..love the bird on it..

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  12. Hi Betsy - what a lovely little thing .. I thought perfume bottle, but it's obviously larger than that from your description of 'bed warmer' .. It's very pretty and does look more English in painting style .. but the moons on the back ... so pretty ... you could perhaps use it as a vase for Christmas occasions ... very pretty .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, English is the only place that puts English robins and holly together. It certainly isn't American. It is larger than it looks...about the size of a salad plate.

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  13. No, never have but I love the first one. Deb

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    1. You love the front of it? Yeah, me too!

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  14. I love this of course is cute and beauty! I never seen something like this before but I loved! (don't sell Betsy is beauty for you) lol

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  15. you feel better betsy? here rain yesterday! (a Little) and today sunshine again!!

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    1. No, I don't really feel better today. Yucky cold! ha. Maybe tomorrow.

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  16. It's beautiful! Truly an antique Betsy! You got lots more than just a bargain!

    Hank

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  17. The sweet bird painting is just delightful! I can see why you wanted it - I would have, also. I love when you show your auction treasures. You always find the best stuff.

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    1. it's always a treasure hunt! very fun!

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  18. nope I never heard of them but it sure is cute!

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    1. It will probably go away until Christmas. Maybe by then I can find the missing parts. :)

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  19. No idea which company might have made it or where it might be from, but it is very pretty and somehow looks English to me, but that might be the robin and holly which are quite English designs. No marks I take it? A great buy and it will be a very pretty piece to do some decorating with! xx

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