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Priming flask: M.69 & A-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Steel flask inlaid with silver decoration and two vignettes of a lady and gentleman

Steel inlaid with silver decoration in relief. Of flattened pear-shape with cylindrical screw-on stopper (A). Attached to the base of the stopper is a rod within a hollow tube, the top of which is pierced with two D-shaped holes. The flat top of the stopper has a C-shaped aperature, operated by twisting the tube. The sides are decorated with two oval beaded cartouches containing vignettes. One depicts a seated lady and a gentleman in a cutaway coat; the other a lady standing beside a table with eagle support. The background and the stopper are decorated with Arabesques and scrolling foliage.


History note: Frank Gray Smart, Bredbury, Tunbridge Wells (d. 1913); T.J.G. Duncanson

Legal notes

Given by T.J.G. Duncanson MA

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


19th Century
1820 - 1880

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of silver
Flask Height 2.6 cm Length 8.2 cm Width 4.7 cm

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.69 & A-1930
Primary reference Number: 19683
Old object number: M.2-1930
Temporary number: PB 27
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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