Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
Unknown Maker
Production date
Mid 19th Century
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Object detail

Copper, brass
177 13/16" (451.6cm)
Powder flask making was heavily industrialized by the mid-1800s. Factories throughout England, France, and the United States produced thousands of powder flasks for European and American customers. As mass production increased, some factories ceased labelling their products. The makers of unlabeled powder flasks, such as this item, can sometimes be difficult to identify. However, by analyzing flask designs and materials, it is possible to determine where most unlabeled powder flasks were made. Some traits are uniquely associated with certain areas. For example, the distinctive shell pattern found on this powder flask suggests that it was probably made in Sheffield, England.

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