Powder Flask with Standing figures of a Man and Woman

Powder Flask with Standing figures of a Man and Woman

1570

Elk horn, steel mounts

Overall: 23.4 x 11.8 cm (9 3/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.37

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. During the 1500s, they were frequently decorated with images of famous historical figures.

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