Coconut Carved Bugbear Flask

Coconut Carved Bugbear Flask
Coconut Carved Bugbear Flask Coconut Carved Bugbear Flask Coconut Carved Bugbear Flask Coconut Carved Bugbear Flask Coconut Carved Bugbear Flask Coconut Carved Bugbear Flask
Offered by: Christopher Clarke (Antiques) Limited
Dealer reference: 82266

Description

A Bugbear Flask carved out of a coconut.

Sailors from a number of countries would carve green coconuts to while away the time on a long journey. This Bugbear Flask shows 4 scenes around the oval coconut; a huntsman with a rifle and dog, armour, drums, flags and other symbols of war, a shield above a follower with fronds to its sides and lastly, a tomb with a heart above, attended by an angel with a torch to light the way. To one end you have the Bugbear's face with a beard, eyebrows, an open eye and mouth and the other eye closed. To the bottom is a simple pattern with leaves.

Bugbears were made throughout most of the 19th Century and sometimes fitted with silver mouthpieces for use as a gun flask. 19th Century.

Height: 4.75inch (12.07 cm)
Width: 3.00inch (7.62 cm)
Depth: 3.75inch (9.53 cm)

Date

1850

Price

£395.00

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