The assumption behind the demurely-coined purse flask is that a handbag-toting woman drinks just a small amount of alcohol. Not true. Most of the women we know would need at least two for a proper night on the town. Dowdy mid-century ideas of propriety aside, these discreet flasks are for when you want a few classy nips of a good spirit, to tip a little something into a sober glass of juice, or to calm the nerves at a wedding without marring your bridesmaid dress by holding a fifth in a paper bag.
The flasks are small enough to hide in the folds of your dress pocket, purse or jacket, so careful there—you could easily mistake it for your cellphone.
A bit more delicate in capacity and looks, these flasks are still made in the brawny steel-producing city of Sheffield, England, by Arthur Richard Wentworth, the pewtersmith responsible for the pocket flask. Because pewter is part of Sheffield’s steel-making heritage, these flasks are stamped with seals of authenticity and association: the coat of arms of Sheffield, minimum tin content (92%), the Pewter Craftsmen trade guild stamp, a European Union authentication stamp, and Wentworth’s initials.