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Hipflasks by William Base & Sons
William Base and Sons, Birmingham
(On left) a highly unusual and beautifully made Art Deco George V Sterling silver hip flask in the form of a car radiator. The flask with angled top has two reservoirs allowing for two different kinds of spirits to be stored, and then dispensed via its own bayonet-fitting cap. The front and reverse of the flask has panels of very fine engine turned decoration surrounded by a plain silver border, terminating at a stepped foot to the bottom. Bearing Birmingham hallmarks and date marks for 1927.
Size: 3½ inches (9 cm) tall and 3½ inches (9 cm) tall wide.
Approximate silver weight: 146 grammes.
Price Code: £££
(Right) a highly unusual and beautifully made Art Deco Sterling silver novelty hip flask in the form of a petrol can, made as a bespoke commission in 1929 by the silversmith William Base & Son. Of rectangular form, the flask has rounded corners with a rolled rim and bottom edge, and panels of engine turned decoration to the front and reverse, and a flat ‘carrying’ top handle and a hinged knurled bayonet-fitting cap. To the front is the legend ‘SWELL (sic) LUBRICANT’ with a shell design to the centre, intricately hand engraved. Fully hallmarked Birmingham, 1929. We have seen only other example of the form of novelty hipflask, but this is the first one we have seen with such perfectly appropriate play-on-words.
Size: 4 inches (10 cm) tall and 3 inches (8 cm) wide.
Approximate silver weight: 156 grammes.
Price Code: ££££
Reference: 6578, 6577