TWO PIECE CIVIL WAR PERIOD FLASK IDENTIFIED TO MISSOURI MURDER VICTIM

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Item Code: 846-166

Large two-piece white metal flask meas. approx. 3.50 x 6.00 inches.

Engraved in four lines on the obverse side is “DANIEL W. JENKINS OF PLATTE CITY MO. JANY 1, 1859.”

There is a horizontal seam at center where the two halves of the flask separate. The top portion doubles as a cup when removed with the lower portion forming the actual flask itself. The flask has a threaded cap engraved with the initials “D.W.J.” Cap operates properly.

Interior of the cup, as well as the flask are clean. The exterior has only minor surface dirt from age and storage and is free of dents.

The owner of the flask, Daniel W. Jenkins, was born in Wales on October 3, 1839. When he came to the United States is not known but his family settled in Missouri where Daniel ran a farm near Platte City.

On November 12, 1867 Daniel W. Jenkins was murdered by an African American man named Alfred Hughes. Hughes had worked for Jenkins and for some reason had become disgruntled. Hughes was arrested and tried for Jenkins murder. Before the trial could start the venue was moved from Platte County to Clinton, County. Hughes was found guilty and hung on July 24, 1868  [ad]

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