This 19th century powder flask measure is made of brown leather and brass metal. It was used to contain and measure out shot gunpowder. It is decorated with an embossed picture of a man with two dogs, a house and leaves; on both sides. The flask is a pear shape in form.
It has one seam running round the edge. A small ring is sewn in the bottom of the seam.
The measure is held by one screw in the neck. The measure has a tube with three slits - plates slide into two of these to measure out the shot. The plates are operated on a sprung lever fixed to top of tube.
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Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato