Walnut inlaid with ivory decoration; turned steel funnel with spring cap
Diameter: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.); Overall: 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.60
Powder flasks could take a variety of forms and the materials of construction varied greatly; many survive because of their allure as fine decorative objects.
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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