Treacleware earthenware moulded spirit flask (Rockingham brown glaze), in the form of a man sat on a barrel. The base is flat and fully glazed and has three kiln trivit scars. English.
These flasks are known as ‘Old Tom’ flasks as there are examples which include the words ‘Old Tom’ in the end of the barrel (not present in this example). Old Tom was a brand of cheap gin, and these flasks would have been owned by the customer and refilled as required. Old Tom flasks occur in many variations, sizes, and in different wares including salt-glazed stoneware. This example is the standard (commonest) version but is unusual in that it is in virtually perfect condition.
Pot ID: AP/952
Dimensions: 242mm high.
Net Weight (grams): 567
The tiniest of tiny shrinkage hairlines under edge of base that is probably from manufacture. Virtually perfect.