Priming Flask Made for Prince-Elector August I of Saxony (ruled 1553–86)

Date: ca. 1575

Geography: probably Saxony

Culture: German, probably Saxony

Medium: Iron, gold, silk

Dimensions: H. 5 1/6 in. (13.5 cm); Diam. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm); Wt. 9 oz. (258 g)

Classification: Firearms Accessories-Flasks & Primers

Credit Line: Gift of Bernice and Jerome Zwanger, 2008

Accession Number: 2008.638.1


This finely worked flask was made by a specialist iron-chiseler for Prince-Elector August I of Saxony (ruled 1553–86). It bears his monogram AA (combining his initials with his wife's, Anna of Denmark), and the arms of Saxony and Denmark. in the center is a depiction of the Sacrifice of Isaac, after a 1571 woodcut by Jost Amman (1539–1591).