A charming coconut flask
A charming coconut flask souvenir of the 19th Regiment of Foot (the 1st York North Riding Regiment), c. 1820. The body is engraved with elaborate crowned “19 Rt”, the donor G. Hutchison, East Indies, and with roses and thistles. The back of the flask is carved with an oval scene entitled “City of Kandy” showing various buildings and figures including an elephant with howdah and mahout; beneath this an inscription “This beautifull little present was given to me by G. Hutchison after his return from the East Indies, where he was puting down wars and rebelions in that foreign land for 7 years.” The top is carved as a stylised face with pewter nozzle and string wound cane handles.
Overall length 5¾” (14.5cms)
The 19th Regiment was sent to India in 1796, and subsequently spent most of the next 13 years in Ceylon, including engagement in the Candyan War 1817-19. The Regiment returned home via the West Indies in 1820.