Walnut inlaid with ivory decoration; turned steel funnel with spring cap
Diameter: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.); Overall: 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.60
Powder flasks could take a variety of forms and the materials of construction varied greatly; many survive because of their allure as fine decorative objects.
Powder flasks are small, portable containers designed to hold gunpowder. From the 1400s to the 1800s, powder flasks were indispensable for charging and priming firearms of all types. Without powder flasks firearms were of little use to their owners. Many highly decorated flasks rank as works of art.
The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email email@example.com.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.