Antique Sailor Bug Bear

Sailors Bug Bear Powder Flask 1780

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    From our collectables catagory, we are pleased to offer this Antique Coconut sailor bug bear. The sailors bug bear dating to the late 18th century beautifully carved in relief with intricate detail to the exterior depicting a male hunting with his dog. The scene shows a man holding a rifle while his dog chases a stag through the trees, birds are flying amongst the carved trees. The opening of the Coconut is exceptionally carved as a Lions head with glass eyes. To one side a hunting crest features within a floral border with various hunting equipment to the centre dating to Circa 1790.

    Bug Bear a coconut carved by sailors and/or soldiers who visited the East or West Indies in the late 18th to the early 19th centuries. The bug bears were carved from green coconut shells which were easier to carve than dried ones. There are various examples of these types of items from a host of European countries during their visits. Originally the bug bears would have had a form of stopper on a chain which would protect the contents within, usually gunpowder.

    Measurements 12.5cm Long x 10cm Wide x 9.5cm Deep (4.92 x 3.94 x 3.74 Inches)

    Condition Good, one hairline throughout the lower third of the coconut below the hunters feet.