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

Copper, brass
203 3/16" (516.1cm)
Shell designs became popular with powder flask makers during the mid-1800s. Almost every manufacturer eventually produced flasks with some type of shell imagery. The imagery found on this flask was known as “shell and wreath” decoration. It was produced by the American Flask & Cap Co. of Waterbury, Connecticut and provided customers with a unique take on the classic seashell design. The flask was sold by stores affiliated with the American Flask & Cap Co. throughout the country.

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