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Powder-flask and belt
  • Powder-flask and belt
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1640 - c. 1660
  • Walnut wood, copper alloy and leather
  • Height: 14.6 cm, flask
    Diameter: 10 cm
    Weight: 0.27 kg
    Length: 175 cm, belt
  • A1291
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask and belt, the flask made of walnut, circular in shape and pierced at the centre. It is boldly carved with interlocked figures of stags, wild boar, hounds, badger, fox, and either a hare or a rabbit. It is made in two parts glued together. Funnel of brass, with a spring-cap; two rings at the side for suspension.

    The belt is of black leather to which are applied at intervals small stags, boars and hounds and cast or chased relief in brass. Buckle and chape of brass; the strap ends are furnished with crescent-shaped brass tags, and hooks for attachment.

    German, about 1640-60.

    Of a not uncommon type. A similar flask, signed on the collar of a dog forming part of the design: Daniel Bitto, is illustrated in L' Art pour Tous (11e année, fig. 2657), as belonging to M. Lerozi-Ladurie. Others are in the Hermitage, Leningrad, the Scott Collection, Glasgow Museums (ex-Whawell sale), and elsewhere. See also H. J. Jackson, European Hand Firearms, pl. XVIII.

    A similarly carved flask, but without the central hole, appears in a painting of still life by Hieronymous Gallé, about 1640 (sold Christie's, 3 July 1936, lot 41). A comparable flask at Waddesdon has around its edge a freize of animals like those on the belt of A1291 (Blair, 1974, no. 167). Others are in the Odescalchi collection, Rome (inv. nos. 68 and 64; Carpegna, Firearms, 1975, nos. 132 and 133). An example, formerly in the collection of H. L. Blackmore, has silver mounts apparently with Augsburg marks (Blackmore, Guns and Rifles of the World, 1965, fig. 800).