Gunpowder Flask

Maker and role
Charles Henry Hattersley & Co. (estab. Circa 1868, closed 1879), Maker
Production date
Circa 1868-1879
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Object detail

Copper, brass
8 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/2" (20.3 x 8.3 x 3.8cm)
Flask decoration could be done for practical as well as artistic reasons. Fluted designs were attractive but also made flask surfaces sturdier and easier to grip. Fluted flasks were some of the most common types made during the nineteenth century. Large factories and small workshops alike provided customers with these distinctive designs. This flask was made by the short-lived business Charles Henry Hattersley & Company. The firm was founded in Sheffield, England around 1868 by metalworker Charles Henry Hattersley. After roughly a decade the business was merged with another Sheffield company and ceased production under the Hattersley & Co. name.

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