French "Bugbear" Coconut Gunpowder Flask
French "Bugbear" Coconut Gunpowder Flask French "Bugbear" Coconut Gunpowder Flask French "Bugbear" Coconut Gunpowder Flask
French "Bugbear" Coconut Gunpowder Flask

French "Bugbear" Coconut Gunpowder Flask

  • This rare coconut shell "bugbear" gunpowder flask bears Napoléonic imagery
  • These flasks were made by soldiers and sailors traveling through the Indies
  • The flask is made of carved green coconut with silver mounts
  • The carvings depict Napoléon as general and emperor
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Item No. 30-8705
$12,850
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Engraved with clear Napoléonic imagery is this rare and desirable coconut shell "bugbear" gunpowder flask. Complete with silver mounts and a carrying chain, these flasks are believed to have been carved by soliders or sailors who had traveled through the East or West Indies where green, carvable coconut shells were plentiful.

The carvings on this handsome object depict Napoléon rallying his troops for battle. The renderings are accentuated by garlands and a classical portrait of Caesar. In order to display his power and authority, Napoléon aligned himself with the great Roman emperors, with much of the artistic depictions of the legendary French general and emperor showing him dressed or otherwise adorned with classical imperial symbols.

French, circa 1810

4" diameter x 7" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:France
Type:Arms and Armor
Width:4
Height:7
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