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Title Baker rifle flask, 1st pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1800

These would have been used by both the 60th Rifles and the Rifle Brigade during the early stages of the Peninsula War up to about 1809, after which they were effectively obsolete, the paper cartridge replacing their use entirely. They were also used by volunteer rifle regiments of the era. There are no ordnance or unit marks.

This is the rarest of the Baker rifle flask variants, the later ones having a detachable spout fixed by a spring clip to the nozzle or an integral spring-fed charger cut-off system. It throws an approximate 4 dram charge - I measured this myself using bull's eye powder (much finer than the coarse black powder of the day) and it was about 120 grains (28 grains to a dram).

The horn is made of cow horn, with a dirt/dried grease patination. The brass is dark patinated throughout; the base is held by three iron pins, of which only two are now extant (ie one is missing); the ring on the spout is held by a bronze split rivet running through the spout; there is a little bruising at the base of the socket on the nozzle, where someone has forced the spout into the nozzle, but this is only minor.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Accessories : British : 19th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

It arrived today in good order, thanks!

A very nice artifact in excellent condition for it's age.

I greatly appreciate all your efforts.

J C, Canada, 02.08.2014