This is another great piece being offered, it is a copper and brass eagle powder flask. It measures about 4-inches tall from base to top of the spout and bears an eagle in high relief on either side. These flasks were made to accompany Colt?s Model 1848 ?Baby Dragoon? revolvers, the first pocket model revolver made by Colt at his Hartford factory.
The five-shot revolver was .31 caliber and came in a variety of barrel lengths. Colt made about 15,000 of them from 1847 to 1850, when they were superseded by the 1849 Pocket Model. They are highly sought after and strongly connected with the early west and Civil War officers.
The flask is the early ?eagle on hummock? design, usually associated with the Baby Dragoon, and while there are some variations in the die work, they can be distinguished from the later pocket model flasks by the absence of a shield in the central motif. There is excellent detail to the raised eagle.
This one is in very nice condition, having the very pleasing untouched patina. The top section of the flask is attached with three tiny screws, one remains and two are missing. However, this has no effect on thee flask, everything is still very tight (easily replaced if desired, but fine just as it is). This would make a great addition displayed with a period revolver or just on its own. I have a picture shown of one of these flasks with a cased Colt (see pictures).