17th century (?)
Marked by Unmarked

Object Place: Europe, England


H. 21.8 cm (8 9/16 in.); Diameter 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leather with silver mounts

Not On View





The leather bottle is in the form of an inverted funnel. It is mounted around the foot and the neck with silver that is engraved with a coat of arms and an inscription. From a molded band at the top of the neck, the neck flares to an everted rim. The opening is fitted with a small cover surmounted by a figure of Neptune astride a dolphin. The leather bottle is formed of two pieces, the body, which is seamed, and the circular base, which is stitched and strengthened by a wood foot rim. The silver foot rim is seamed and has an applied drawn wire rim; the neck is raised. The finial is cast, and secured to the cork stopper with a threaded post. The inside of the neck has been repaired with a silverplated copper insert.


Armorials: Engraved on silver collar, the arms of George Ogilvie (d. 1663), created Lord Banff in 1642

Inscriptions: Engraved above the coat of arms, the motto: HELPE VOVRE SELFE, below the arms DAVIDE OGELVIE, NOVA SCOTIAE; 1644/TO ALEXANDER IRWINE OF SVTHERLAND, and around the foot PARECERE SVBJECTIS DEBELLARE SVPEROS PATRIS VIRTVTIBVS (To spare the humble and to make war upon the proud with the courage of their forefathers)


Earl of Altamont, by 1911; Marquess of Sligo, by 1923; 1954, Berry Hill, New York sold to the MFA for $5500. ((Accession Date: November 9, 1954)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour