Resembling a porthole on a ship, the glass window of this handmade pewter flask serves the same purpose—to allow for viewing. Instead of a sailor surveying the horizon or the choppiness of the water, however, this porthole allows you to keep tabs on the level of liquor inside your flask. The slim profile of the vessel—less than one inch thick—allows for discrete and compact storage in a sport coat or pants pocket. Handmade from English pewter, which holds itself to enforced standards set out by the European Committee for Standardization, the flask is 92% tin, a metal that is an essential trace mineral. The malleability of tin requires the production of pewter to include other metals, such as bismuth, antimony or copper, though, in order to be properly called pewter, tin values must reach at least 85%.
Fill the flask using a funnel or a steady hand. Wash thoroughly with soap and hot water, then dry with a soft cloth. Do not place flask in the dishwasher. Pewter will keep its shine with minimal maintenance. It doesn't tarnish like silver, but if it does start to dull, rub it with a bit of standard metal polish using line strokes (not circular).
Arthur Richard Wentworth founded his pewter company in 1949 in the traditional steel-producing city of Sheffield, England. A metal alloy, pewter has been around since the Bronze Age, and preceded glass, porcelain and plastic as the household material of choice. While fewer dinner plates are made of pewter now, it is still the classic material of flasks. These flasks contain a minimum of 92% tin. Tin doesn't oxidize in air easily (it is often used as an anti-corrosive coating for other metals), and is favored for food and drink because of its low toxicity. Due to the malleability of tin, the remaining 8% of pewter is a mix of hardening metals, mostly copper and antimony.
Airtight, screw-top pewter flask with brass porthole and glass viewing window. Holds 6 oz. of liquid. Slim design for discretion and simple carry. Handmade in Sheffield, England, since 1949.
4.5 inches high x 3.7 inches wide x 0.9 inches thick
(11.4 cm x 9.4 cm x 2.3 cm)
Holds 6 oz. of liquid
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