Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
G. & J. W. Hawksley (estab. 1845, closed 1889), Maker
Production date
Circa 1845-1889
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Object detail

Copper, brass
177 13/16" (451.6cm)
Powder flasks were made in a variety of shapes as well as materials. This flask has what is known as a “bag” shape. Bag flasks were some of the earliest metal powder flasks but remained in production well into the 1800s. For example, this flask was made by the high-end Sheffield, England firm of G. & J. W. Hawksley during the second half of the nineteenth century. Due to their narrow shape, bag form flasks were unable to hold a large amount of powder and were often sold specifically to be used with pistols.

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