Large & Impressive Early 18th Century English Antique Leather Bombard / Jug


Large & Impressive Early 18th Century English Antique Leather Bombard / Jug With Folk Art Decoration



As we say time and time again, we love English antique leather bombards and blackjacks and always buy period ones when they come up for sale.  Yes, they are always expensive to buy but worth every penny in our opinion and they are always on our “must-have” list when they appear!

This fine and large bombard dates back to the early 18th Century.

Bombards are a very English tradition and were used as vessels for carrying ale, cider, water and other fluids. Smaller mugs/drinking vessels exist and are known as “blackjacks”.

Formed on a mould from wet leather, earlier examples were then hand-stitched together.  This example shows hand stitching indicating an early date.

These vessels were lined with bitumen or had tin liners.

This bombard has lovely wear and patination to the outer surface and displays very well. The external surface is decorated with polychrome-painted figures and a mask and bears a written “ode” to pipes and snuff. The handle is also decorated. To the underside of the base is an old armorial / coat of arms. This had not been identified.

Condition – Please refer to the images. There is surface wear commensurate with age. A further detailed condition report is available upon request.

Size: Height 63.5 cm (25″)

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1. LAPADA (London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association) –  LAPADA is the UK’s largest trade association for professional art & antique dealers (representing approximately 500 UK dealer members). All items are backed by our LAPADA guarantee.

2. CINOA – CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations (representing 5000 dealers from 32 associations in 22 countries).

3. The Norfolk & Suffolk Antique Dealers Association.

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