Antique , 18th century, Carved Coconut-Shell Powder-Flask with three different carved vignettes

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Antique , 18th century, Carved Coconut-Shell Powder-Flask with three different carved vignettes on the sides and a fanciful face with the flask opening at its mouth.


France 18th century


Size 17 cm high

Size  27. cm. diameter


Coconut shell powder flasks were reputedly carved by sailors or soldiers who visited the East or West Indies in the late 18th/early 19th centuries, and had access to green coconut shells which were easier to carve than dried ones.


A very unique and highly collectable item rarely found.