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Powder flask: HEN.M.452-1933

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)

Maker(s)

Maker: Unknown

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Description

Circular powder flask inlaid with brass and ivory.

Notes

History note: James Stewart Henderson, 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J. S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.2 cm
Length: 13.5 cm
Width: 4.8 cm

Relative size of this object

13.5 cm15.2 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart

Dating

Early 17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1620 CE

Note

This flask would have been filled with gunpowder which was then dispensed into the barrel of a firearm by pressing down on the lever on the side which opened the end of the nozzle.

Components of the work

Inlay composed of ivory brass (alloy)
Decoration

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Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.452-1933
Primary reference Number: 19655
Old object number: B41
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 4 May 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 5 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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