Object Title

Priming flask

Priming flask

Date

1801-1830

Object Number

XXVIF.132

Provenance

Purchased from the Great Exhibition, 1851.

Physical Description

Made of wood covered in red velvet in the shape of an animal horn. Most of the pointed end is covered by a long silver fitting with chevron stripes in gold. At the mouth end is a silver mount that tapers down to the nozzle, partially gilded and marked with eyes. There is a suspension loop from which hands a double silver chain and a silver stopper.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The length of the primer is 246 mm. Weight: The weight of the primer is 0.1 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.244, p.104.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.270, p.9.

Notes

Described by Hewitt as having 'chased-silver and silver-gilt, rudely representing the face and horns of a deer' (Hewitt, 1859).