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I'd really appreciate please if anyone can help identify this flask's origin and any other details about it & it's possible value. I realise it's not going to be of any great value, but I'd love to know more about it. I've put three photo's here to hopefully help.
It's a metal flask (pewter-ish colour) 8"high, 4" wide & approx. 1 3/4" deep.
It's presumably either 'cast' or machine tooled (??) as it has some thin seams visible & very square precise edges.
I've had it for the last 20 years.
It looks like it's designed to hold either anointing oil or holy water, judging by the religious Icon decoration. It seems to look more Greek/Russian Orthodox than Roman Catholic - but obviously I might be wrong.
There are two hallmarks on the base - one a flower symbol & one 'cartouche' style mark that I can't fathom out the letters inside.
On the left hand side of the head of the 'Madonna' type figure there are the letters HP in the pattern.
The decorative top unscrew to reveal a tiny hole (as per pic), but that can be unscrewed to allow easy filling.
Many thanks :-)
I did a bunch of searching and I cannot find anything yet. It looks like the stamp on the bottom is the letters TAY or JAY. The last letter is hard to tell. Or the last letter is an E?
I will have to dig out my antique books.
The art looks similar to what I've seen at Russian Orthodox churches. You might look up one and ask them. It's a very curious piece. I'll be interested to hear the results if you learn what it is.
Thank you. I appreciate the nudge in that direction, I hadn't thought of contacting a church. Yes I'll post here if I find out anything :-)