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‘Bentley Lubricant’ Sterling Silver Hipflask, 1929

Price Code: SOLD

Reference: 6997

William Base & Sons, Birmingham

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 ‘BENTLEY’ and ‘LUBRICANT’ with an engraved shell motif central to the two, intricately hand engraved and surrounded with engine turning. Fully hallmarked Birmingham, 1929.

The flask is complete with a bespoke green calfskin presentation case, blind embossed with the Bentley ‘wings’.

Size: 4 inches (10 cm) tall, 3 inches (8 cm) wide

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