Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
The American Flask and Cap Company (estab. 1857, closed 1865), Maker
Production date
Circa 1864
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Object detail

Brass, cording
9 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1 1/2" (24.1 x 10.8 x 3.8cm)
By the 1860s, flask making was an increasingly industrialized process. Factories like the one owned by the American Flask & Cap Co. mass produced thousands of powder flasks for hunters and the military. A larger supply of flasks meant that makers gave more and more stores permission to sell their products. Store owners were provided with catalogue that they and their customers could use to pick out which flasks they wanted to order. These catalogues included information on flask size, design, and price. This item was listed as product No. 370 and described as the “Man and Deer” flask in the American Flask & Cap Co. catalogue. It was available in either brass or bronzed copper.

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