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Hip flasks

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• Per­sonal flasks de­vel­oped in cul­tures around the world, from the use of eggshells and earth­en­ware con­tain­ers to glass and metal bot­tles. Chris­tian pil­grims em­ployed them to carry wa­ter and oil on their trav­els.

• The word ‘hip­ster’ is said have orig­i­nated with those who car­ried il­licit hip flasks dur­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion in the USA. ‘Boot­leg­gers’ tucked them into their boots or garters (left).

• In the RAF, the term ‘hip flask’ was used as a coded ref­er­ence to a re­volver.

• These lit­tle bot­tles are usu­ally shaped to fit the curve of the wearer’s hip or thigh, rather than hav­ing straight edges, for reasons of both com­fort and sub­tlety.

• It’s said that drinks taste bet­ter from a solid­sil­ver hip flask—this is due to the cleans­ing prop­er­ties of the metal, which ionises its liq­uid con­tents. Ge­orgie Mor­gan

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