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GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2011
2:08 AM

Post #8832398

Greetings...
I was happy to find this forum and believe I have been here a time or two over the years. I'm in need of some help with some items I have found that have been packed for years. Unfortunately I must make a move from my home of 14 years and have come across items I have not seen for years. Actually I have forgotten about them so now they are like new treasures all over again!!! LOL

I have a few items I'm curious about and will start with this flask. I will have a few more items over the next few weeks but this flask has my curiosity. I bought it here in Oregon about 18 years ago and it was in a box of misc. items that were all sold together. I have no History on this item.



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GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2011
2:12 AM

Post #8832401

It measures 10" in height the base is 2"
The cup is 2 1/2" in height.
I don't know what metal it is possibly some of it could be silver.

I can't find any identifying marks on it, so possibly could be home made and not a mass production
item.

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GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2011
2:14 AM

Post #8832403

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GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2011
2:23 AM

Post #8832405

What I would like to know is if anyone has any knowledge on flasks here in this forum.

What metal do you think it could possibly be?
Can you narrow down a possible date of when it was made?
Should I attempt to have it cleaned or just leave it be?

Thank you so much for your help.
~Kin

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GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2011
2:29 AM

Post #8832406

I forgot to mention that the cup fits onto the bottom of the flask. You may have gathered that from the photos but thought I would mention it still fits on smoothly and snug.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 2, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8832461

Kin, I wonder if it could be an item of so called Trench Art. Your flask may have been made from an old artillery shell casing.

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8832478

Hi Margaret,
I never thought of anything like that being a possibility. I'll try and do some searches with that
info...
Thanks!!!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8833121

It does appear to be an old shell casing ... perhaps WWII.

The rule is never clean anything unless an expert tells you to do so. That is the easiest way to ruin the value of an antique or something old.

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 3, 2011
4:28 AM

Post #8833858

Thanks so much for your input.
I Googled trench art and shell casing.

I never heard of Trench art before and was amazed at all the items I found. I'm beginning to
believe that it could be an old casing that someone made into a flask. Thanks so much for
steering me in this direction.

If I find anything that looks like my item I will let you all know.
Kin
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 3, 2011
4:49 AM

Post #8833874


Good luck with your search, Kin. If I see anything, I'll let you know. I look forward to seeing anything you may discover.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 3, 2011
5:41 AM

Post #8833928

Trench Art is quite interesting. Just remember not to clean it. :-)

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 3, 2011
6:05 AM

Post #8833975

Thanks, will do...
As much as I have been tempted to clean , I have watched too many Antique Roadshows...LOL

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 3, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8833979

LOL ... that will put the fear in you for sure!

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