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Object ID # 1956.020.004
Object Name Flask, Shot
Title Gunshot Flask (19th-century)
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 19th-century
Made Needs further research
Place of Origin United States of America
Description A brass gunshot flask, with an ornate pressed design on the teardrop-shaped flask area. It has 13 stars embossed, an eagle and shield, and the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM", meaning "In God We Trust", so it was likely manufactured in the United States in the 19th-century. There is a brass lever at the top that one would move when one wanted to dispense some shot. It looks like the brass had a finish added to it originally (now worn).
Provenance Unknown maker. More research is needed to identify the manufacturing origin of this shot flask, but it appears to be American-made.

Previously owned by Jessie MacKay. Ms. MacKay's mother was a Miss McElheron before her marriage. MacKay's parents farmed in Sydenham Township, Grey County. She didn't say what year they married.

The item likely dates from the 1850s? Neil and Hugh McElheron originated from Ireland and are related to the McClartys. The McElherons spent some time in the United States before they moved to Grey County.

Collection Firearms & Accoutrements, 19th-c Collection
Material Brass / Metal / Remnants of a finish
Dimensions W-5 L-11.7 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
Subjects Hunting