Stoneware spirit flasks reached the height of their popularity during the 1820s-50s. They were used to drink spirits, notably gin, as people went about their daily working lives.
There were produced in large quantities by potteries and sold inexpensively.
If they existed today, we’d find them in the shapes of Prince William and Kate
Many were moulded in the form of people who were notable at the time including politicians and royalty. If they existed today, we’d find them in the shapes of Prince William and Kate, or even Lord Alan Sugar!
Lord Brougham (pronounced ‘broom’) was a British statesman and Lord Chancellor (1830-34). He passed the Reform Act of 1832 and supported the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. He also established the Central Criminal Court.
At the time, some said that London Gin tasted better when drunk from the head of the Lord Chancellor! This 1832 Lord Brougham stoneware flask pictured (15.5cm high), is valued at £220-£280.
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