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Powder Flask

Powder Flask

1600s

Horn, engraved

Overall: 21.3 x 20 cm (8 3/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.59

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.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Arms & Armor
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor

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