Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
G. & J. W. Hawksley (estab. 1845, closed 1889), Maker
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Brass, iron
8 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/4" (21 x 8.9 x 3.2cm)
Flask decoration could be done for practical as well as artistic reasons. Fluted designs were visually appealing but also made flask surfaces sturdier and easier to grip. Fluted flasks were some of the most common types made during the nineteenth century. Large factories and small workshops alike provided customers with flasks bearing these distinctive designs. This brass flask was made by the major Sheffield, England firm of G. & J. W. Hawksley. This company, founded by brothers George and John William Hawksley, was well known for its fine craftsmanship and manufactured powder flasks for over four decades.

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