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Antique Hungarian Transylvanian Gun Powder Horn Flask 17th Century

Antique Hungarian Transylvanian Gun Powder Horn Flask 17th Century

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Organics: Horn: Pre 1700: Item # 1487236

Please refer to our stock # E1018 when inquiring.
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An exceptional, antique 17th century, Eastern European, Fork-shaped gun powder-flask, made of deer antlers fitted with a brass nozzle and two iron suspension rings.

The outer side is finely engraved with scrimshaw traditional motifs including sun with rotating rays, scrolls and geometrical pattern in the form of the standing figures.

During the 17th century, flasks of this type were made with similar patterns and decorations in many Eastern European countries, such as the Kingdom of Hungary, which included Veszprém County, Transylvania, Slovakia, and Croatia (which in the 17th-18th centuries were part of the Kingdom of Hungary).

Such flasks were also popular in Serbia, the Principality of Moldavia, the Principality of Wallachia, and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which included present-day Ukraine.


1."Staghorn Powder-Flasks" by Bela Borsos, pp.40-50, pl. 4

2."Régi magyar fegyverek" by Dr. Kalmar Janos, page 236 Fig 199.

3. "Занатско оружје Балкана XVII -XIX век Отворена изложба Војног музеја у Аранђеловцу. Zanatsko oružje Balkana: XVII-XIX vek." Military Museum in Arandjelovac.2002.

4. "Вожд Карађорђе отац Србије Vožd Karađorđe: otac Srbije Catalog" Editor: Dr Mirko Peković. Museum of Republic of Srpska.

For related gun powder-flask in The Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography please see the link hbelow.

We will also provide the buyer with photocopies of the pages from the mentioned references together with a certificate of authenticity. For similar Gun Powder Flask in in the colec8ion of The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Munich Germany please see the last picture in the listing.

MEASUREMENTS: CONDITION: In good original condition, showing its age and use with a lovely old glossy patina, vertical age crack in the neck of the horn.