Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Little Something for Your Gunpowder

"Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry."
~ Oliver Cromwell

Moghol work circa 1750

Powder horn
India, Mughal court, 17th century;

Powder flask, engraved steel painted with lacquer,
Morocco 19th Century
Linden Museum, Stuttgart

Gun Powder Flask-Sundial Compass Watch
Southern Germany, circa 1590

Gunpowder flask
Mughal, Late 18th century

Silver Flask

Two views of a German Steel Powder Flask
circa 16th Century (First the bottom, then the top)

Sakalava Madagascar powder flask
British Museum


* Gunpowder history
* Gun Powder Flasks by Robert A. Braun
* Identification of Various Powder Flasks
* Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, And Pyrotechnics: The History Of The Explosive That Changed The World by Jack Kelly.


Anonymous said...

These are really interesting!

Highway said...

Really exquisite pieces.

Fascinating how *anything* can be lovingly and beautifully fashioned.

Somehow I don't believe that the soldiers in the field (except perhaps the muckety-mucks) used such flasks.