Apr 17, 2020

Powder Flask

Powder Flask

c. 1560–1570

Leather (cuir bouilli) with embossed and fluted decoration; brass funnel

Support: (cuir bouilli) with embossed and fluted decoration

Overall: 17.2 x 11.9 cm (6 3/4 x 4 11/16 in.)

Weight: 240 g (8.47 oz.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1918.65


Did you know?

This flask is an exceptionally fine example of Italy Renaissance tooled leatherwork known as cuir bouilli (molded and hardened leather).


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.

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