The finely carved scenes represent hunters and horsemen. Given its quality and materials, this flask must have been made to accompany a lavishly decorated hunting rifle (for example, acc. nos. 28.125 and 42.50.8).
Christie's, South Kensington. Fine Antique Arms and Armour: The Properties of G.l. Elgar, Esq., the Lord Hastings, the Late R.e. Summerfield, Esq. and from Various Sources for Sale by Auction Wednesday, 20 September, 1989 at 10.30 A.M.. London: Christie's, South Kensington, September 20, 1989. no. 73, ill.
Finer, Peter. In Armis Ars. Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire: Peter Finer, 1995. no. 72.
International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History. "New Acquitisions by the Arms and Armor Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1 July 2007–30 June 2008." ICOMAM magazine 1 (September 2008). pp. 8–9.
Nickel, Helmut, William Reid, Ian Eaves, Mario Scalini, Claude Gaier, Álvaro Soler Del Campo, Jean-Pierre Reverseau, Jan Piet Pyupe, Donald J. La Rocca, Jeffrey Forgeng, Jonathan Tavares, Dirk H. Breiding, Pierre Terjanian, and Mr. Ronald S. Lauder. The Armorer's Art: Essays in Honor of Stuart Pyhrr, edited by Donald J. La Rocca. Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Andrew Mowbray Inc. – Publishers, 2014. Frontispiece.