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Object ID # 1956.020.005
Object Name Flask, Powder
Title Patented Gun Powder Flask (19th-century)
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 19th-century
Made "..RUE"
Place of Origin Unknown
Description This is a man's factory-made, brass gunpowder flask, with an embossed dog, wheat and birds decoration on it (present on both sides). The somewhat cylindrical, copper top cap is attached to the body of the flask with a piece of cord, so that it would not get lost in the field. The top of the flask, when you look down at it, is impress-stamped with ".... RUE / MAKER / PATENT". There is a nozzle-style top end, with some fine knurling, as well as a horizontally-configured, E-shaped little knob lever (now seized-looking). The top of the lid is stamped with what looks like "_ & V Co." Overall, the flask is 18.7 cm long, 9 cm wide, 3 cm deep. The lid is 2.5 cm long and 1.8 cm in diameter. There is an intentional small side hole (powder flasks had these).
Makers mark The top of the flask, when you look down at it, is impress-stamped with ".... RUE / MAKER / PATENT".
The top of the lid is stamped with what looks like "_ & V Co."
Provenance Previously owned by Ms. Jessie MacKay. MacKay's mother was a Miss McElheron before her marriage. MacKay's parents farmed in Sydenham Township, Grey County.

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.
Neil and John? and Hugh McElheron were listed in 1865 in Sydenham Township, Grey County.
More research is needed to determine where the manufacturer was located.
Collection Firearms & Accoutrements, 19th-c Collection
Material Brass/Copper/Cord
Dimensions W-9 L-18.7 D-3 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Subjects Hunting