The undulating, tapered body of this rare flask is very unusual. It is decorated with striking acid-etched engravings including the inscription: 'Presented to O.S. Bird By P.F.C. 1886'.
The scene of the gentleman on horseback jumping over a fence is stunning. Not only are the details exquisite, but the task of even executing the acid-etching on an undulating, round body is also astonishing, and only a highly skilled artist could have created this lovely object.
This wonderful flask is marked with Whiting's trademark and 'WHITING M'F'G. Co/ New-York/ Sterling 1843.' It measures 9.5 inches long and weighs 7.70 troy ounces. It holds between 8 and 10 fluid ounces and is in wonderful antique condition.
Here is a Whiting archival photograph of one of these flasks with similar engraving:
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