SCARCE 1832 PATTERN RIFLEMAN’S FLASK BY DINGEE

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Item Code: 1000-707

Dingee proposed a new design of flask to the government in 1831 and was given a contract for 3,450 in 1832. This example has both the maker’s stamp “R. Dingee / New York” on brass top and an 1832 date stamp. The body has an untouched patina. On either side is an American eagle with a shield on its chest, canted at a dynamic angle, grasping arrows and olive branch, over the trumpet insignia used by light infantry and appropriate for riflemen. On this example there is no “U.S.” within the loop of the trumpet, suggesting Dingee was experimenting in an effort to resolve problems he faced in constructing the bodies of the flask or that this one was destined for private or state purchase. The designs are distinct with good edges. On one side the shield, being the most raised area, shows some wear from rubbing against the side of the wearer. There are age spots overall. The only dent is on the bottom edge that has made a crease across the seam, but not opened it. The carrying rings are in place.

This a nice example of the Dingee pattern flask dated the year of his contract. He was not interested in a subsequent contract offered in 1837 and it was taken over by Ames, who introduced the “peace flask” pattern. This is a nice Alamo era rifle accoutrement and appropriate for the 1817 pattern “common rifle,” made into the 1840s, and also for the Hall rifle, whose patent flask was not always be available for issue.  [sr]  [ph:L]

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