Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
I.R. (active 1825-1875), Maker
Production date
Mid 19th Century
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Object detail

Copper, brass
7" (17.8cm)
The first metal powder flasks were made by French craftsmen in the late 1700s. Metal flask designs were soon copied by other European nations and the United States, but French flasks remained distinctive throughout the nineteenth century. French flasks tend to be more detailed than their English or American counterparts and use the metric system on their measuring devices. This flask was made by a Parisian artisan known only as I. R. and curiously resembles powder flasks that were being made in Birmingham, England at that time.

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