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Silver Bottles, Decanters & Flasks

Silver and silverplated bottles, decanters, and flasks lend an air of refinement to the act of imbibing in alcoholic beverages. They also add a charming, decorative aspect to homes. While many choose to decant a fine bottle of Bordeaux in a sterling decanter or bring a hip flask of aged scotch for a night out on the town, even teetotalers can still enjoy these objects for their aesthetic value.

Antique bottles and other forged vessels make for a beautiful display on living room and kitchen walls and they can be found in a style to match any décor. Whether one prefers the aesthetic of an Art Nouveau decanter with elaborate silver overlaying or a flask with a rich patina, superb examples abound at a variety of price points.

Sterling bottles, decanters, and flasks tend to be more expensive than silverplated or overlaid versions from the same time period, but the cost is largely contingent on the style, producer, and rarity of the object in question.


Quick Facts

  • In 2013, Christie’s sold a set of silver-mounted glass decanters from the early part of the 20th century for $3,000
  • Sterling silver flasks can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars for rare pieces by esteemed makers like Tiffany & Co.
  • In 2012, Auctioneers Norman C. Heckler & Co. sold a rare double eagle flask from early 20th century Pittsburg for more than $50,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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AN ANTIQUE WHITE METAL AND LEATHER HIP FLASK. 290 grams. 8.5 cm x 14.5 cm.
Oct 12, 9:30 AM BST
AN ANTIQUE WHITE METAL AND LEATHER HIP FLASK. 290 grams. 8.5 cm x 14.5 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£351 Bid
Vintage Sterling Water Bottle
Oct 13, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Sterling Water Bottle
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
ALVIN STERLING SILVER AND GLASS POCKET FLASK,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
ALVIN STERLING SILVER AND GLASS POCKET FLASK,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique BPOE Sterling Silver Flask
Oct 13, 9:00 AM PDT
Antique BPOE Sterling Silver Flask
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A silver spirit flask. 16 cm high. 308.2 grammes.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
A silver spirit flask. 16 cm high. 308.2 grammes.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
A sterling silver flask (cm 13,5x22,5x4) (g 740) (minor defects)...
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
A sterling silver flask (cm 13,5x22,5x4) (g 740) (minor defects)...
by Il Ponte Auction House
Est: €350- €400
€3000 Bids
A LEATHER CASED GENTLEMANS DOUBLE HIP FLASK. 18 cm x 8 cm.
Oct 11, 9:30 AM BST
A LEATHER CASED GENTLEMANS DOUBLE HIP FLASK. 18 cm x 8 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£40 Bids
A Flask
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Flask
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Misc. Lot
Oct 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Misc. Lot
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
A Tiffany and Co. Silver Scent Flask
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A Tiffany and Co. Silver Scent Flask
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
An American Silver Small Decanter
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
An American Silver Small Decanter
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Art Deco Silver Plate Flask
Oct 23, 7:00 PM EDT
Art Deco Silver Plate Flask
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$2200 Bids
P.S Co. Coin Silver 16 oz. Flask
Oct 23, 7:00 PM EDT
P.S Co. Coin Silver 16 oz. Flask
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $750- $825
$2500 Bids
E.A.M. Sterling & 14K Gold Hip Flask
Oct 23, 7:00 PM EDT
E.A.M. Sterling & 14K Gold Hip Flask
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $950- $1,500
$3750 Bids
International Sterling Silver Half Pint Flask #855
Oct 23, 7:00 PM EDT
International Sterling Silver Half Pint Flask #855
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$2000 Bids
Finnigan's Ltd. Sterling & Leather Hip Flask
Oct 23, 7:00 PM EDT
Finnigan's Ltd. Sterling & Leather Hip Flask
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $600- $1,000
$2000 Bids
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ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE NICKEL SILVER CORAL MINI FLASK
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MST
ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE NICKEL SILVER CORAL MINI FLASK
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
GROSSE GEORGISCHE PILGERFLASCHE
Nov 04, 12:00 PM CET
GROSSE GEORGISCHE PILGERFLASCHE
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €250- €500
€2400 Bids
A Tiffany and Co. Silver Flask
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A Tiffany and Co. Silver Flask
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Silver Bottles, Decanters & Flasks


Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House

Lettieri Auction & Appraisal

Lettieri Auction & Appraisal

Hindman

Hindman

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers