Middle east & caucasus
Scarce 19 C. Ottoman / Balkan Powder Flask
Origin: Balkan Region, Ottoman Empire
Date: 19 C.
From the large variety of Ottoman powder flask, the flask offered here is quite a scarce form. Exact origin is not clear. Tirri (See below) suggest a Balkan origin.
The flask is made of hard wood partially covered with cut and tooled brass, The exposed front side of the wood is richly decorated with brass inserts and lead nails. the brass top cover has the brass mouth with cover secured with a short brass chain. Two hanging loops for a baldric carrying belt.
The decoration with brass inserts and lead nails can be seen also on firearms from the Balkan, but also found in other regions of the Ottoman empire
3 inches (7.5 cm) wide. 4 3/4 inches ( 12 cm) tall. Good condition to age. Minor repairs on the brass. The opening mechanism is stuck.
See also: Anthony C. Tirri: “Islamic Weapons Maghrib to Moghul” Page 172, Fig 119D
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