The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Antler, ivory and steel, carved and engraved
  • Height: 24.7 cm
    Weight: 0.48 kg
  • A1254
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of antler, with two branches in base, on the front is inserted a circular panel carved in relief with a combat between a horseman and a foot soldier, the rest of the surface is engraved with ornamental scrollwork, including two medallions containing a male and female profile respectively. The back is engraved with a horseman in Roman armour spearing a recumbent soldier, while another on the ground grasps two pistols. The ends of the branches are capped with a tusked monster, whose mouth has been coloured red on the inside, and the head of an elderly man carved in relief in ivory; the short, turned funnel of bright steel with spring cut-off may be an addition of the 18th century; four steel rings for suspension.

    German, about 1580.