This funny bird is long time companion of us, we bought it ages ago in our home town, Ghent.
Its a drinking flask, in which one could transport some brandy for his personal comfort during the longer walks or hunting party’s in wintertime.
Snow and cold wears one down and than a sip from the flask will brighten the spirits and lift up the moods.
On these walks it was not uncommon to meet some acquaintance, than all of a sudden the flask becomes a partner in a merry gathering.
The leather from the flask was shaped in the form of a bird, the screw plug is made in horn. There is a seal painted on the belly I believe it to be a brand but its unreadable.
The flask is painted in a superficial way yet not without artistry, to me the bird looks a little sad, maybe because he is out of use for such a long time?
Where was this flask made ? I think it could have been made any-where in eastern or northern Europe. I did as we all do nowadays, I googled along but google avoided my questions by serving me obviously wrong answers. Google knows a lot but this time google was mute.
So the 50 pence question is there for you readers to ponder.
Where and When was this flask made ? If you should have the answer to this enigma, or even the slightest hint that will help us forward, do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours As Always