Trapezoidal powder flask
1st half of 17th century
Overall: 153 mm, Greatest width: 132 mm, Greatest thickness: 22.5 mm
Cf. Cat. 632, but entirely covered in tortoise-shell, the mounts of gilt brass, comprising: flat top cap and thick strips covering all corners, with fretted ornaments of the same material in the corners at the front and the back; mounted on the top plate is a nozzle shaped as the barrel of a pocket-pistol with polygonal breech changing to circular after a moulding, and with a narrow muzzle-ring, the base fitted with a cutter valve actuated by a ring-shaped spring operated by a vertical baluster-shaped handle; on each side of the body is one iron loop for a suspension cord.