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Thermos flask

Thermos flask

  • Place of origin:

    England (Manufactured)

  • Date:

    1910-1920 (manufactured)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated base metal with gilt lid in wickerwork case.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Françoise Crichton,

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Machine made cylindrical flask with rounded shoulders, screw thread to attach the beaker shaped lid and cork stopper. The flask has a silvered insulating glass liner. The lid functions as a cup and has a gilt interior with a thread to screw it to the body. The case is wicker with two oval handles and a lid fixed by a wicker peg. It is decorated with two lighter wicker stripes and is lined with green felt.

Place of Origin

England (Manufactured)


1910-1920 (manufactured)

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated base metal with gilt lid in wickerwork case.

Object history note

Historical significance: The 'Thermos' or vacuum flask was invented in 1892 by Sir James Dewar. In 1904, commercial production was begun by a German company named Thermos GmbH. In 1907, the trademark rights were sold off to three companies: the American Thermos Bottle Company, Canadian Thermos Bottle Co. Ltd and the British Thermos Limited who in 1911 produced the first machine made glass filler .

Descriptive line

Electroplate and gilt thermos flask in original wickerwork case. English, 1910-20.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Wicker; Base metal


Electroplating; Gilding; Basket-making



Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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