History of Flasks - Groomsmen Gifts
The History of the
Since ancient times men have been carrying flasks, early
flasks were made of pig stomachs, dried and hollowed fruit, or leather. They
were crude and rarely had a uniformed shape.
It wasnít until the 18th century that it appeared in the
form that we today recognize as a flask. The original flasks we made of silver
or pewter. It was believed that silver that this enhanced the taste of the
alcohol due to its purifying effects. Many people that could not afford silver
flasks carried those made of pewter. These low grade pewter flasks tended to
have a bluish tint because of the lead in which they contained. This type of
flask leeched lead into the alcohol leading to brain disorders.
Now a dayís many flasks are made of stainless steel still some are made
of pewter but they are lead free. Some
flasks are made of plastic making them undetectable b metal detectors.
The hip flasks indented design made it the perfect
accessory for concealing flasks of illicit liquor in boot tops in the 1880s when
the traffic or sale of liquor had many legislative restrictions. The term became
part of the American vocabulary and was coined bootlegging. This term was again
used during the prohibition era of the 1920ís in the United States when women
could easily conceal these flasks by tucking them into a garter belt. There hip
hugging designed earned them the name hip flask.
Even after prohibition ended in 1933 flasks still remained
a popular item. It was an essential item that most soldiers carried with them
into WWII. It was there to comfort them in hard times and there to toast the
victories. Flasks have been fitted with captive tops that are attached to the
flask to prevent the loss of the top and some have been fitted with shot glasses
to make sharing easier.
Though flasks were traditionally thought of as a manís
accessory, today flask ownership is now commonplace among both men and woman.
Flasks have moved from being a functional accessory to a very personalized
stylish accessory. You can find flasks in varying sizes and colors from tiny key
chain size to mega flasks that hold over 84 ounces. The hip flask is often used
as a commemorative item due to itís highly engrave able surface many can be
personalized with names and dates making them a great gift for any one and for
any occasion. Flasks are thought of
as a sign of friendship and good luck which is why they are most given as
graduation gifts or as groomsman gifts.