The Wallace Collection

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Priming-flask
  • Priming-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1570
  • Copper and gold, embossed and chiselled
  • Height: 15.8 cm
    Weight: 0.26 kg
  • Inscription: 'PRIMVS HOMINIS STATVS' 'The first state of man'
    Inscription: 'VNDIQVE ANGVSTIE' 'Perils on all sides'
  • A1297
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Primer, of copper gilt, flattened oval in shape, the face embossed with a nude female figure (Hope?) standing in a stormy landscape with stars above, the border inscribed:

    PRIMVS HOMINIS STATVS
    ('The first state of man')

    The back similarly decorated with a man in a ship in a storm, the mast broken, the border inscribed:

    VNDIQVE ANGVSTIE
    ('Perils on all sides')

    Funnel decorated with winged cherubs, spring-cap chiselled in the form of a shell. The border surrounded with a garland of fruit chiselled in relief with two cherubs, one on each side; two swivel loops for suspension.

    German, about 1570.

    Blackmore, Guns and Rifles of the World, 1965, fig. 801.