Engraved Flasks

Written by Shirley Parker
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Engraved flasks are, of course, essentially hip flasks for liquor. They are generally made from pewter, sterling silver, or stainless steel, and antiques in good condition can fetch a handsome price. However, sterling silver flasks must also have clear hallmarks to be valued most highly. Some of them have survived since the early 1800s.

Flasks come in all sizes, from what is called "very large" at quart size, to flasks so small they only hold one fluid ounce of spirits. The general design of hip flasks is that they fit in a coat pocket, and some are curved to better fit around the body. Since the early days, they have been personalized with engraving of initials, coats of arms, clan crests, and so forth, whenever the buyer could afford it.

Some flasks were disguised by being designed in horseshoe or book shape. Not that drinking husbands ever fooled the womenfolk. Yet this isn't to say that women didn't also imbibe. Even when many females were in favor of Prohibition at that time in U.S. history, the flapper dancing the Charleston had to have her hip flask with her, as just one example.

Engraved Flasks Are Considered Ideal Gifts for Groomsmen

Today's flasks are generally made from stainless steel with brass plates, though some are more costly. They can be personalized with Greek letters for a fraternity member, the friend's own initials, the date when he was a best man, or a shamrock or thistle. If the groomsman is a golfer, a golfer flask will be in a leather case, with ball markers and tees. Generally, only the ball markers can be engraved.

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