Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
James Dixon & Sons (estab. 1806, closed Post 1887), Maker
Production date
Circa 1851-1879
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Object detail

Copper, bronze
7 1/2 x 2 1/2" (19.1 x 6.4cm)
Some of the earliest metal powder flasks had bag shapes like this item. The shape also proved one of the most consistently popular with customers over time. This flask was made by James Dixon & Sons during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Bag-shaped flasks held less powder than standard pear-shaped containers and were often sold to be used specifically with pistols.

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