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  • Rare Cased Spirit-Flask with Royal Provenance

    A fine silver covered glass flask with cork lined bayonet cap, hallmarked for London 1874 and with makers marks for Wright & Davies (who became a subsidiary of Cartier Ltd). Ovoid shaped body that is curved so the flask sits flatter when in the pocket. The top half of the flask has vertical viewing windows to front and rear and a detachable cup forms the cover to the bottom half of the flask. Engraved with the retailers mark for ‘Thornhill, 144 Bond St' on the bottom.
    Applied to the face of the cup in silver is the insignia of British knighthoods of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII 1814-1910). Comprising of central Prince of Wales feather plumes, surrounded by the Order of Garter motto "Honi Soit Qui Maly Pense" in belt, that is itself surrounded by a garland of roses, surmounted by the Princes crown, all above small crest of Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India. This central crest is flanked by applied silver initials 'A' and 'E' (Albert Edward). Complete with its original leather covered, satin and velvet lined shaped storage case (no-longer closing); also marked Thornhill.

    Made as a gift for presentation by Edward, Prince of Wales during his 1875/76 tour of India. Primarily, the object of the royal tour was for the Prince to visit the Maharajas with the aim of establishing personal relationships and strengthening ties with Britain. He took part in the Maharajas’ royal durbars (courtly visits involving exchanges of gifts and much ceremony!) and learned about their culture, history, religion and traditions.

    Flask Dimensions: 6 inches/15 cm (Height) x 3⅜ inches/8.5 cm (Width) x 1¼ inches/3.25 cm (Thick)
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