Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
James Dixon & Sons (estab. 1806, closed Post 1887), Maker
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Object detail

Copper, brass
3/16" (0.5cm)
Powder flasks were made in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some shapes were associated with certain areas. Violin-shaped flasks were mainly manufactured in and around Sheffield, England, although the design was later borrowed by a small number of American companies. James Dixon & Sons was particularly well-known for their variety of violin-shaped items. These flasks were usually decorated with foliage or geometric designs and sometimes featured a decorative panel above the base. The panel on this flask features a version of the popular “dog and hunter” design.

Gunpowder was sold in bulk and gunpowder flasks were used to carry gunpowder when out in the field.
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