The forerunner of the modern hip flask, the pilgrim flask has been in use since the earliest pilgrims set off on their travels. In effect, water bottles, they were made flat on one side to fit flush with the body.
In Victorian times ornate silver examples were popular as presentation trophies. By West of Dublin, this one commemorates a racing success, hence the inscription '1909 TURF CLUB CUP RUN CURRAGH SEPTEMBER MEETING WON BY "BACHELOR'S...
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