GERMAN “BUCHESFLINT” OR COMBINATION GUN FLASK

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Item Code: 30-2180

German gun-makers loved combination weapons. “Buchesflinte” refers to a longarm with one shotgun barrel and one rifle barrel side by side, versus other arrangements, like the “Bock-Buchesflint,” with the barrels arranged over and under, or the better known,“Drilling,” with one rifle and two shotgun barrels, and a plethora of other arrangements. (The advantage being, we suppose, that not only do you get a wider variety of things to shoot, but a larger stock of long, compound words for them as well.)

This is a nice copper and brass flask for a percussion combination gun that has a great undisturbed brown patina to the copper, blue on the spring, a mellow tone to the brass collar and spout, and no dings or open seams. The body is die-struck on either side raised, inverted floral sprays at the top and a raised palmette or shell design at the bottom that shows just the tiniest rub marks at the highest point on either side.

Deeply engraved in script along the collar is “Buchesflinte.” This might be a reflection of the fact that the spout is adjustable, perhaps for the different barrels and their intended loads.

The flask measures about 6 ½ inches tall, from bottom to top of the spout and about 5 ½ inches wide. There are no dents or open seams. There are some small stains to the brass inside the coil spring and the spring retains a lustrous blue.  [SR]

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