Jun 1, 2007
Jun 1, 2007
Jun 1, 2007
Jun 1, 2007

Powder Flask

Powder Flask


Horn, engraved

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

Weight: 380 g (13.4 oz.)

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



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
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor

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