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powder flask info

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:47 pm
by Nick
I assume its a powder flask, but could anyone give me anymore information on it such as date? sorry about the crap focus.

Re: powder flask info

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:59 am
by John Waller
Any markings? It could be a Dixon flask. If so then any date after 1806. Markings would help date it as the company went through various manifestations in the C19th . I like the shape.

Re: powder flask info

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:52 am
by Nick
No markings of any sort im afraid

Re: powder flask info

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:11 pm
by John Waller
Nick wrote:No markings of any sort im afraid



Then you may be stuffed. I'm not an expert but I haven't seen that style before. Have a trawl on the net for a collector's forum. There is bound to be one. Or get hold of a copy of The Powder Flask Book by Ray Riling. It's out of print and very expensive so you could try the Inter Library Loan service.

Just a thought it could be a Hawkesley or, given the lack of marks, an unknown maker or a knock-off. Fakes & copies are nothing new. Shame it's missing the spout & lever but someone like Peter Dyson may be able to provide spares if you can identify the maker.

Re: powder flask info

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:16 pm
by Nick
dont think it knock off as it was excavated in a neighbours garden about 30 years ago :)