MYSTERY ITEM! Possibly Military?! Help Appreciated!

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MYSTERY ITEM! Possibly Military?! Help Appreciated!

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Hi,

I recently obtained a flask which appears to be made of some kind of shell...possibly? It is very substantial but looks too well made to be trench art? Does anyone have any idea what it is?

Many thanks!
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It's a 19th century hot water bottle.
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My mother made those in WW2.

I have one - they were, according to Mum, fire extinguishers but at the end of the war they became hot water bottles. Always needed to wrap it in a towel to stop it burning me.

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Looks to be pretty much identical to this one:-
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Copper- ... 1682365965
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Definitely not 19th century. My mum wasn't that old!
I think a WW2 person could give you the proper name for them as fire extinguishers.

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No offense to your mum, but as I can find several examples all dated to the 19th century, perhaps she was talking about the 'Pyrene' type of fire extinguisher, which has a round bottom, not a concave one?
Like this?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-COPPER- ... 0941321566
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With all due respect, Matt, I HAVE ONE OF THEM IN MY HOUSE THAT MY MUM MADE!! If I were clever enough to be able to post a picture of it on here I would. It is identical to the one pictured above. Sadly Mum died 4 years ago so I cannot get her to confirm what she had always said but I'm sure she knew whether she made the damn thing or not! I really don't care how may you have found saying they are 19th century - My mum made them in WW2.
Matt I have managed to find you on fb I will take a photo of my hot water bottle and message it to you..

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I have them ranging from about Boer War era so late 19th to around ww2. I think they have about a 80 year life span. You need decent machinery to make them and fashions/other materials change them post war.
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