Antique Pewter Pocket Flask with Screw-on Top G. & J. W. Hawksley Sheffield England
Description: Antique pewter and rather flat pocket flask having a screw-on top. The flask has a rectangular shape with canted corners and flat ends. The top half of the flask comes off to reveal the opening of the flask which is on the end of a short neck and has a screw-on cap. The cap as well as the inside of the top cover are marked as to the maker. The flask has a short neck which is threaded on which a round cover or cap screws on to close the flask. This is of course is a pocket flask to hold alcoholic beverages, most probably whisky and was made in Sheffield England by G & J. W. Hawksley most likely mid to late 1800s.The piece has a nice gray age patina and wear to the exterior surface commensurate with its age and utilitarian function. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely mid to late 19th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The flask was made in Sheffield England.
Size: The flask measures ~5 3/4"by ~2 5/8" and is ~1 1/4" at its thickest. The piece weighs a bit over 10 ounces.
Maker: G & J W Hawksley.
Marks: It is marked on top of the screw on lid "G. & J. W. Hawksley" and is also marked "C; G. & J. W. Hawksley" on the inside of the top lid.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a great looking and fairly uncommon antique worthy of a spot in your collection.
Condition: This flask is in very good condition with no breaks, cracks, or repairs. The screw-on top works well and is original to the piece. The flask does have many scratches and some minor nicks and stains to the exterior surface. The top of the flask itself shows scratches consistent with pulling the lid off and put it back on as well as some gray staining. The exterior of the bottom portion of the flask is pushed in a bit (a large shallow dimple), but we are not certain if that is from use or original to the design of the flask. shows some . The flask has a nice gray and warm patina, but also has many stains and blemishes, which truly gives it character and enhances its look. These of course can be cleaned, but we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. A beautiful piece of very nice and unusual form, which would look great in your collection of old pewter. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty and condition of this piece.