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S/2669 Antique Treen 19th Century Sailor's Love Token Spirit Barrel

A rare and lovely sailor's love token spirit barrel, carved from a bamboo section. The sealed ends have intricate leafwork and the centre has a large heart inscribed: 'Long may we live, Happy may we be, Bless with comfort, and from ills fortunes free', with a jug inscribed ale and two pipes and a tumbler. On the opposite side is a man and woman holding hands with a bottle inscribed gin and a wine glass. Each end has three ribbs divided by leaf work with a further heart surrounding the open bung hole. The whole has a medium brown colour and good patination.

Sold 8 in. (22.5 cm.) Wide
3 in. (9.5 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1860