Gunpowder Flask

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Unknown Maker
Production date
19th Century
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Copper, brass
10 x 4 1/4 x 1 1/2" (25.4 x 10.8 x 3.8cm)
This unmarked powder flask was made in nineteenth-century France. French powder flasks differed from those made in England and the United States in several ways. The easiest way to identify whether an unmarked flask is French is through the presence of a charger with metric measurements. The designs on French powder flasks also tend to be more finely crafted and detailed than those found on English or American items. The shell design found on this flask was popular with manufacturers all over the world. However, its distinctive metric charger reveals a French origin.

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