This is a rare example of a powder flask as furnished with the First Model Colt Dragoon revolvers until 1855 when this type with the plunger charger was discontinued in favor of the sloping charger with thumb cutoff. Measures approximately 7 1/2 inches long (excluding spout) with a brown lacquer finish and double face design. The design is a military motif with flags, spears and artillery pieces above crossed long guns and crossed handguns. At the base is "COLTS PATENT" in a banner. Triangular carrying rings are positioned on the sides near the base. The plunger is marked "35/GRS" and the ball compartment gate is stamped "COLTS/PATENT". A "W" is visible on the top that originally would have been the desirable inspection initials "W.A.T" of William A. Thornton. Another example of this type of flask is pictured and described on pages 162-163 of the book, "Colt Percussion Accoutrements" First Edition by Robin J. Rapley.
Very good, exhibiting an attractive golden aged patina with numerous scattered light dents and light period wear and handling marks. This desirable "W.A.T" inspected Colt flask is a must have to accompany a U.S. Dragoon revolver!
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