Priming Flask. Late 17th – early 18th century. Dutch or German. Ivory and gilded brass. 11.7 x 10.2 x 3.5 cm. weight: 5 oz. (0.1 kg). This ornate flask was made to carry finely ground gun powder for the priming of gun locks. The intricate carvings of hunting hounds and game animals locked in mortal combat indicate it was probably used with a hunting rifle. -Saint Louis Art Museum-
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ivory Powder Flask, late century. The finely carved scenes represent hunters and horsemen. Given its quality and materials, this flask must have been made to accompany a lavishly decorated hunting rifle.