The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Teschen, Silesia
  • c. 1620
  • Pear-wood, antler, leather and silk, engraved
  • Height: 8.89 cm, wooden part
    Weight: 0.135 kg
  • A1285
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask and bullet-pouch, of pearwood, of octagonal section, rounded at the bottom, inlaid with grotesque monsters and scrolls in antler and flowers of mother-of-pearl; there is a projection at the side to which the funnel (now missing) was fixed; it is capped with antler engraved with a hound and with an antler projection in the shape of a grotesque profile; to the top is nailed a bullet-pouch of chamois leather faced with green silk-brocade, now much perished; one ring for suspension.

    Silesian (Teschen), about 1620.

    The decoration resembles that found on the stocks of Tschinkes (see A1105). A similar flask is in the Ressman Collection in the Bargello, Florence, (inv. no. R174, Boccia, Nove secoli di armi da caccia, 1967, pl. VII). Others were in the Brett Collection (Arms and Armour, 1894, pl. CVIII, 4 and 5); and one was in the possession of Cyril Andrade, of Duke Street, St. James's (Catalogue, 1927, part 5, no. 127). Another similar flask is in the Odescalchi collection, Rome (inv. no. 4; Carpegna, Firearms, 1975, p.92, n.8, and no.126). Another is in the Harding Art Institute of Chicago (inv. no.653).