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Powder flask: HEN.M.452-1933

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)


Maker: Unknown




Circular powder flask inlaid with brass and ivory.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Early#
Circa 1600 CE - 1620 CE


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)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.452-1933
Primary reference Number: 19655
Old object number: B41
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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