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Exquisite, Rare, ASH BURL Canteen/Flask, ex Tom Porter.....SALE PENDING
Northeast America, ca. 18th/early 19th century. All ash burl except one side in pine. Rare in ash burl, if not unique. Untouched original condition with dry over-varnish, rich color, and terrific condition. Slow lathe tool marks visible on the surface, with deep incised lines of decoration. Made by an accomplished turner. The pine side is engraved with the initials "EL", likely the owner. About 4 3/8 x 4 1/2 diameter; about 2 3/8 tall. May have held liquor or gun powder. Not "strapped" so carried either in a pocket or knapsack. See The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution for reference. For the collector seeking especially fine and rare Americana or treen. Provenance: Private collection, previously personal collection of Tom Porter, former owner of Garth's Auctions.
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