This rare, early 18th century Powder Flask is made from wood and metal with a partial leather cover. The body is made of wood, the spout is metal and a metal bar runs through the flask with curled ends so that a carry strap could be attached. One side has Hand-Engraved Decorations of elliptical design, which appear to be of a “Folk Art” style often attributed to Pennsylvania. Some of the leather cover has naturally worn away, some minor wood loss at bottom with its original nails still intact. Other than for expected wear from actual use, there appear to be no significant defects. A major piece of early Colonial America military style equipment with rare “Folk Art” style of Pennsylvania decorations that make it excellent for display.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers