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Powder-flask
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1557
  • Antler, gold and bronze, carved
  • Height: 25.4 cm
    Weight: 0.4 kg
  • Inscription: 'IC/VR · 1 · 5 · 5 ·7'
  • A1250
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask and primer, of antler, with two branches at the base, the front carved in low relief with a representation of the Crucifixion, the back engraved with bands of acanthus leaves, and a shield bearing a canton in chief, surmounted by a purely decorative trefoil and flanked with the initials (conjoined) and date:

    IC/VR · 1 · 5 · 5 · 7

    Funnel of gilt bronze with spring-cap (the cut-off is missing); the end of one branch is capped with a gilt bronze collar fitted with a small funnel and cap for priming, the other end has applied to it a lion's mask in dark bronze, which forms the cover of a compartment for bullets; two rings for suspension. The belt-hook is missing and has been replaced by a short brass bar.

    German, dated 1557.