The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany or Scandinavia, possibly
  • 18th or 19th century (perhaps)
  • Bovine or antelope horn, mother-of-pearl, copper alloy, antler, and silver, steamed, inlaid and stained
  • Height: 15.8 cm
    Weight: 0.125 kg
  • A1270
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of horn, made from an elk-slot; the face inlaid with circles of mother-of-pearl and horn, stained green and red, set within roped bands of brass. The cap of antler is decorated with annular ornament in groups of three and bound at the edge with silver braid; turned funnel of steamed horn –either bovine or antelope– (the tip missing); cut-off shaped like a horse's head.

    Once thought to be North German, about 1690. However, the nationality and date are both very doubtful.

    Compare one sold in the Franz Greb Collection, Helbing, Cologne, 30 June, 1908, lot 1016, pl. XIX. Another apparently with later mounts, was in the collection of A. Uhlemann, sold J. M. Henerle, Cologne, 16 November 1891, lot 478, repr. in cat. Yet another is in the K. Livrustkammer, Stockholm (no. 3121).