The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy and Balkan
  • c. 1550- c. 1575 and 19th century
    c. 1550- c. 1575 (body)
    1800 - 1899 (mounts)
  • Leather and copper alloy, tooled
  • Height: 19 cm
    Weight: 0.28 kg
  • Label: '904' Blue-edged label
  • A1271
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of hardened leather (cuir bouilli), hemispherical or gourd-shaped, with flat back, the prominent fluted ridges on the front are tooled with roping, in the upper part is an oval shield (plain) set in a band of laurel leaves, framed with a garland; three funnels of brass, the front one furnished with a cap like a candle-snuffer secured by a flange, the rear ones with stoppers shaped like small scoops for measuring the charge, and secured in like manner. There is a pouch at the back for bullets that is divided internally into three quite separate compartments; brass spring-hook and a swivel for suspension.

    Body, Italian, third quarter 16th century. Mounts Balkan or Near Eastern, 19th century.

    Provenance: the Comte de Nieuwerkerke acquired from Juste a Poudrière en cuir gaufré (receipted bill, 3 October, 1868), and from Henry Courant 1 Poire à Poudre en cuir repoussé, 90 fr. (receipted bill, 10 January, 1867), descriptions which could be applied to A1272-5, as well as to A1271.

    The body of this flask is Italian and very similar to A1272 and 1273, but the bulllet-bag and spouts were added much later is Balkan or Near Eastern in fashion. On the back is a blue-edged label marked in red ink with the number 904, struck out in black ink and replaced with 832.