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Post by bistoboy March 13th 2015, 8:50 am

i recently bought this flask - brown glazed with applied floral decoration.  I thought the term used to describe it would be 'treacle' glazed, but on looking through lots of online sites, i'm thinking it might be considered Rockinham ware?

Anyhow, whatever you want to call it, the big question is age and authenticity.  The condition is very good, just a couple of pitted bits in the glaze where it's bubbled in the kiln, and some sign of crazing underneath.  Has anyone on the forum ever seen these produced recently - Is it 20thc or really an antique?

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Post by bistoboy March 19th 2015, 5:59 pm

no-one seen anything like it? that's perhaps a good sign then as i was dreading someone saying they'd seen loads a fair or even worse, on ebay or tk maxx
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Post by NaomiM March 19th 2015, 6:26 pm

It does seem to have some age to it, so C19th is a possibility. Moulded. Treacle glazed. Spirit or liquour bottle, maybe? Continential would be my guess, but US is a possibility.

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Post by Potty March 19th 2015, 6:28 pm

Not something I know anything about, but I don't think it's modern.

The decoration appears to be moulded rather than applied though.

From the mould lines, I would think it made for more of a mass.

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Post by NaomiM March 19th 2015, 6:45 pm

It's not as round as a traditionally shaped pilgrim bottle, but it's narrow profile implies it might have been made for travellers.

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Post by NaomiM March 19th 2015, 6:48 pm

Forgetmenot, pink/carnation, iris?....

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Post by bistoboy March 19th 2015, 7:01 pm

thanks peeps, this gives me something to go on.

as for the flowers, botany is not my strong point!
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Post by big ed March 19th 2015, 8:31 pm

Iridescent glaze would suggest it's old ( lead content) moulded -yes , what size is it ?
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Post by bistoboy March 19th 2015, 9:26 pm

it's about 7 3/4 inches tall and just over 5 inches at it's widest.
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Post by NaomiM March 19th 2015, 10:32 pm

Stoneware?

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Post by bistoboy March 19th 2015, 11:44 pm

I really don't know. Doesn't feel heavy enough or dense like stoneware though
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Post by r-and-f March 24th 2015, 7:23 pm

Some similar-looking flasks here: http://archive.museumoflondon.org.uk/ceramics/pages/subsubcategory.asp?subsubcat_id=861&subsubcat_name=Ceramics+used+for+food+storage+and+preparation&page=2
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Post by bistoboy March 24th 2015, 10:19 pm

thanks, i will take a look.
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