Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
Ames Manufacturing Company, Maker
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Object detail

Copper, brass
9 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/2" (24.8 x 12.1 x 3.8cm)
Nathan P. Ames, a machinist based in Springfield, Massachusetts, developed one of the most popular designs found on American military-issue powder flasks. The “Peace flask” design featured a pair of clasped hands within a circle of stars and symbolized friendship and brotherhood between the states of the Union. Ames was under military contract from 1837-1846 and this flask represents one of his earlier models. The “peace flask” design proved so popular that it was copied by other military contractors, such as the rival Springfield business Batty Bros.

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