A nineteenth century antique leather shot or powder flask with brass dispenser for possible restoration.
We would not normally list for sale something with this amount of damage but we felt that it just might be possible to restore this evocative item. Please read the description following carefully.
Dealing firstly with the (now detached) dispenser, the lever attached to the dispenser has retained it’s spring. The dispenser allows for the release of shot or powder in two different measures, the first of these being 1 and the second being 1¼. There appear to be no makers marks on the dispenser itself. The leather neck to the main body of the flask is in need of restoration and the bottom of the flask may need a repair.
The embossing on the leather main body shows the mark of a renowned flask maker, G and JW Hawksley Sheffield (probably in operation from 1845 to 1889), underneath what looks like a depiction of horses and soldiers (or some other figures). This detail is a little difficult to show in the photographs.
The main leather body of the flask is quite dry to touch and would probably benefit from further treatment (waxing perhaps).
Because of the flask’s condition, and our own lack of expertise in this type of item, we have not been able to test whether it is in working order or not. If the flask had been intact it would measure approximately 8in top to bottom.
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