Powder Flask

Powder Flask

c. 1680

Johann Michael Maucher

(German, 1645-1701)

Boxwood with design of stag and hounds carved in high relief; steel funnel, mounts, springcatch

Diameter: 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.); Overall: 14.3 cm (5 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1887

Description

Powder flasks are small, portable containers designed to hold gunpowder. From the 1400s to the 1800s, powder flasks were indispensable for charging and priming firearms of all types. Without powder flasks firearms were of little use to their owners. Many highly decorated flasks rank as works of art.

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