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Coconut Bugbear Flask


Category: Other Travel Items

Subcategory: Miscellaneous

A Bugbear Flask carved out of a coconut.

Sailors from a number of countries would carve green coconuts to while away the time on a long journey. This Bugbear Flask shows 4 scenes around the oval coconut; a huntsman with a rifle and dog, armour, drums, flags and other symbols of war, a shield above a follower with fronds to its sides and lastly, a tomb with a heart above, attended by an angel with a torch to light the way. To one end you have the Bugbear's face with a beard, eyebrows, an open eye and mouth and the other eye closed. To the bottom is a simple pattern with leaves.

Bugbears were made throughout most of the 19th Century and sometimes fitted with silver mouthpieces for use as a gun flask. 19th Century.

  • Dimensions:
    H 12.5cm x W 8cm x D 10cm
    H 4¾" x W 3" x D 3¾"

  • Period: 19th Century
  • Medium: Coconut Shell
  • Exhibition: #7 - Its The Magic Number
  • Reference Number: 82266