Pocket Flasks

Written by Shirley Parker
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Until someone designed pocket flasks, those who wanted to partake had to put up with the larger vessels to transport their liquor out into the fields and woods when they were hiking the countryside or otherwise trying to stay warm on the inside while out in wintry or night elements. The smaller flasks probably prevented a few bruises, as their bearer strode along and climbed through fences and over stone walls. The round flasks, especially, were also a lot less obtrusive.

Some pocket flasks were originally designed to fit in sporrans, the usually fur-covered pouch worn with Scottish kilts. With a capacity of perhaps four fluid ounces or so, the small flask also fits in the pockets of more commonly worn jackets--a handy size to please travelers and sports enthusiasts, as well as the outdoor party celebrant. Some pocket flasks hold even less fluid, or they are made taller and thinner to fit in the top inside pocket of a jacket.

Pocket flasks generally have either a twist-off cap or a captive top held on by a clasp. They may be quite plain or bear intricately etched drawings on the front. Some of these represent extremely beautiful work.

Pocket Flasks May Be Made from Pewter

Earlier flasks and other domestic utensils were made from pewter that contained lead, not the safest materials to be drinking from or eating off. However, even aristocratic sea captains ate from pewter dishes, instead of the square wooden platters on which seamen's food or mess was served. To avoid losing the Captain's gold and sterling silver plates at sea, those were left at home. Today, if a flask isn't made from stainless steel or sterling silver, it is made from lead-free pewter.


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