late 1700s–early 1800s
Diameter: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.); Overall: 26.4 cm (10 3/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1918.66
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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