Gunpowder Flask or Tin

Flattened pear- or violin-shaped container with flat bottom, friction-fit cap with overhanging, flat top and two small rings attached at side of cap and container; painted red with "A(?)ND" and "AM" scratched on one side of container. Container is made in three pieces joined by folded seams. Cover and collar have soft-soldered lapped seams. No other marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
flask, gunpowder
date made
1850 - 1900
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rings material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in x 1 3/8 in; 19.05 cm x 8.255 cm x 3.4925 cm
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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