Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
Frary, Benham, & Co. (estab. 1849, closed 1855), Maker
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Object detail

Copper, brass, cording
190 1/2" (483.9cm)
Powder flasks made by the Meriden, Connecticut firm of Frary, Benham & Co. are relatively rare. The company, founded in 1849 by brothers-in-law James Frary and Morris Benham, only existed for eight years. Both men were highly trained metalworkers and their flasks were noted for their craftsmanship. Frary, Benham, & Co. produced numerous types of flasks, many of which resembled the high-end designs made in places like Sheffield, England. Plain designs, such as the one found on this flask, were likely the most common. In 1857, the business was bought by the American Flask & Cap Company and dissolved. A number of later designs falsely attributed to the American Flask & Cap Co. were in reality taken from earlier flasks made by Frary and Benham.

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