BATTY FLASK WITH INDIAN HUNTER AND ORIGINAL CORD

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Item Code: 30-2178

This flask measures a bit over seven inches tall, is very nice condition, and retains its original hunter’s green shoulder cord. The adjustable brass spout is clearly marked by Batty and like the brass collar shows a lot of original bright color mixed with some brown where the lacquer has been scraped and the brass oxidized. The spring has good blue and is functional.

The body of the flask has an undisturbed, warm brown color and portrays an Indian hunter on the obverse with his hunting dog, standing over a dead deer, next to somewhat gnarled tree. The figure is portrayed as kilted, with a cloak over his shoulder. The feathered ends of arrows in quiver show over his shoulder. The quiver’s strap drapes across his shoulder and a tomahawk is thrust in his belt. He wear a sort of feathered turban headdress. In his left hand he holds his musket out to his side, and with his right points down at the game he has just taken.

The flask is tight, with no open seams. The reverse is plain and rubbed slightly lighter in color, but like the front has no dents or dings, and an even color. The rings are present and hold the original shoulder cord, which is a forest green woven wool with slightly darker green tasseled ends. Batty made flasks from about 1846 through 1859 in Springfield, Mass., and may have been related to a British flask maker by that name. His name will be familiar from his military contracts. This is a very nice example of his civilian work.  [sr]

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