Object Title

Priming flask

Priming flask



Object Number



Presented by the National Art Collection Fund, 1942. Formally in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807 - 1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. The Norton Hall collection number was 140 and it was described as a 'gun'. This collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather (who died in 1801), Thomas Botfield, who acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting as attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant-for-life of the property (the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life)

Physical Description

Wood inlaid with scrolled foliage in stage-horn each side divided into four panels by strips of gilt brass cast and chased with masks and reclining figures; similar strips decorate the outer edge and the central opening. In addition both sides are set with four lions masks holding rings also gilt. Nozzle and spring cap en suite


Dimensions: Length: 160 mm (6.3 in) Weight: 12.5 oz


Bibliographic References

From the Ralph Bemal Collection.