Head for a gunpowder flask found at a French fortress in Canada

Object Number: 
INV.5780.3
Date: 
1730-1758
Medium: 
Brass, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 1/4 in. ( 8.3 x 7 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Brass head for a gunpowder flask found at Louisbourg, a French fortress in Canada; pear-shaped tip with tapered neck connected to oval collar; collar has iron screw or peg.
Gallery Label: 
This head for a gunpowder flask was found at Louisbourg, a French fortress on Cape Breton Island in Canada. Louisbourg was captured in 1745 during King George's War by New England militia forces supported by a British fleet, and again in 1758 by British forces during the French and Indian War. The head was attached to a large leather bag containing gunpowder, probably for artillery.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Lawrence Price, through Major Howland Pell, 1935
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group