Gunpowder Flask

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G. & J. W. Hawksley (estab. 1845, closed 1889), Manufacturer
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Brass, iron
8 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/2" (20.3 x 8.3 x 3.8cm)
Some powder flask makers had signature flask shapes as well as designs. G. & J. W. Hawksley of Sheffield, England, was well-known for their “hand fitting” flask form. This form is similar to the standard pear-shape found with most powder flasks. The only difference is that Hawksley hand-fitting flasks have a slightly more pointed base. This design supposedly made Hawksley flasks easier to grasp than their competitors. Hand-fitting flasks were made with a wide variety of designs. This flask is decorated in a unique pattern that uses both fluting and foliage imagery.

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