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Powder Flasks and Belt
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Powder Flasks and Belt

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This belt and group of flasks are associated with the so-called "Turkish Hunting Set," and fit into a velvet recess in the large Parisian Devisme case (Walters 64.165). The red leather belt is tooled with gold arabesque scroll designs and the rectangular buckle is cast with floral designs. Mounted to the belt are three powder flasks that have rounded fronts decorated with foliate designs. Each flask has powder measures that can be adjusted by raising the top portion and positioning a small peg with notched units likely to be decigrams or grains, the traditional units for measuring gunpowder. The left and right flasks have a partially legible maker's mark that reads "BOCHE [illegible]E A PARIS." The center flask is stamped around the rim, "BOCHE/ BREVETE DU ROI 1831" (translated: Boche/ patented by privilege of the king, 1831). The maker was Michel Boche, a mid-nineteenth century Parisian manufacturer and supplier of hunting accessories who held several patents on flasks like these.

Examined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969TreatmentExamined, cleaned
2/20/1962Treatmentcleaned; other
  • Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. 2015-2016.
Provenance Robert S. Pardo, Istanbul; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1903; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Stamp] Along the rim of center flask: BOCHE/BREVETE DU ROI 1831; [Translation] Of stamp: Boche/Patented by privilege of the king, 1831; [Mark] On left and right flasks: BOCHE (illegible)E A PARIS
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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mid 19th century
steel, copper alloy (?), gold, leather
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
L: 41 3/4 x W: 6 13/16 in. (106.05 x 17.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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