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Newbie trying to ID retro powder flasks

Discussion in 'Civil War Weapons and Ammunition' started by msmfwilson, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. msmfwilson

    msmfwilson Cadet

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    IMG_4225.JPG IMG_4224.JPG IMG_4223.JPG IMG_4222.JPG IMG_4221.JPG IMG_4220.JPG IMG_4219.JPG IMG_4218.JPG IMG_4216.JPG IMG_4217.JPG Greetings all! We have found ourselves in possession of three metal (brass?) powder flasks and are trying to determine whether or not they are reproductions. I have read some threads on here that indicate authenticity from screw on tops, the metal used for the screws to hold the collar on and the mechanism being external or internal.
    Pictures attached (hopefully). Grateful for any information I can get. Thank you!
     
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    Welcome, enjoy. I'll dig out my book, but someone may get to you sooner
     
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    Welcome to the forum msmfwilson.

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    Hello msmfwilson, welcome to Civil War Talk.

    Someone should be able to answer your questions.
     
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    Welcome From THE Heart Of Dixie. Powder flask were really not an issue items and many of them with the hunt scenes etc were pre war and used by many hunters and Confederate troops who brought them from home along with their long rifles.The ones you see used the most during the CW were for pistols and were part of the accoutrements that came with it. Look on the spouts and tops to see if there are any makers marks or dates. Prior to the war flasks were issued with the 1844 Mississippi rifle and were either the Peace flask made by Ames of the Batty flask. Let me know if you find any markings.
     
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    ucvrelics - thanks for your response and for the friendly welcomes of other members! I have not been able to find any makers marks on any of the flasks. There don't appear to be any stamps of any sort on the top and I have looked on the bodies of the flasks and also found nothing.
     
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    The patinas look good the screws are correct as is the numbering on the spouts. They appear to be from the pre-war era but that's all I can tell from the photos and no markings.
     
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    Excellent information! Thank you!
     
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    They look good to me, they are civilian and not military issue, how did you come into possession of these, many times the story of the acquisition helps to authenticate. Unfortunately there is a cottage industry of individuals who take authentic looking reproductions and "age" them..........I am a little concerned with the flask with the hanging stag and geese, this was a Dixon motif. They typically would label their flasks.
     
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    They certainly aren't typical designs seen on the repros; welcome to the forums!
     
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    Hello from Lansing Michigan.
     

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