The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1600
  • Cow's horn, steel, bronze and gold, engraved
  • Height: 21.5 cm
    Weight: 0.345 kg
  • A1260
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of cow horn, flattened and curved to an arc, one side lightly engraved with a spray of foliage resembling a fleur-de-lys. Mounts of gilt bronze decorated with bands of strapwork, masks and cartouches cast and chased in relief. The funnel of octagonal section with turned mouth-piece, double cut-off actuated by one lever; the short funnel of the primer –or more probably a container for bullets– placed at the base has a cap chiselled in the form of a shell, which is held in position by a long, narrow spring nearly as long as the flask; its actuating-knob is missing. On the reverse side is a long, steel belt hook – which could equally be used with a port-flask such as A1284. There are two rings for suspension. Similar form to A1262.

    German (possibly Nuremberg), about 1600.

    C. Blair has suggested that the two comparable flasks at Waddesdon Manor might have been made in Nuremberg (1974, cat., nos. 159-60). W. Glage on the other hand, suggested that A1260 was of Brunswick form and workmanship (personal communication, 1983).