Original French Napoleonic Wars Gun Powder Keg- Circa 1810

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Original old priming powder keg for fine powder used in pistols, muskets and cannon fuses.

Measuring only 7.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches at the widest point this small keg is painted red, white and blue the traditional colors of the French revolution. Each end is marked with the number 5 perhaps indicating which unit it belonged to and the letters T.P. are stamped into one end.

Please note that the vivid paint color (for a 200 year old item) indicates that this keg has almost certainly been repainted at some point after its use in early 19th century.

One end is warped from age and shows slight woodworm damage. The two central iron barrel hoops remain but the top and bottom barrel hoops missing exposing the unpainted barrel staves beneath.

The small keg may very well have seen service in the Napoleonic Wars but this type of fine powder carrier certainly saw service until the close of the flintlock era meaning its certainly genuine but we cannot pinpoint its exact age.

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