This is a FINE condition example of a Large Bag Shaped Pistol Flask by James Dixon & Sons of Sheffield, England. Dixon was a major maker of flasks and accouterments during the mid-19thcentury and the flasks, oilers and other gun accessories made by the firm are ubiquitous in cased English firearms sets. This large sized bag flask is of the type and form used by the short lived London Colt manufactory for use with their Model 1851 Navy revolvers. The flask body measures 5 ¾-inches long and just over 2-inches in width as the widest point. The flask is topped by a removable charge cap and adjustable measure, which measure 1 5/8-inches in length. The overall length of the flask with the cap and charger is 7 5/8-inches. The top of the charger cap is marked in three lines:
The adjustable charger offers four different powder charge amounts, ranging from 1 ½ to 2 ¼ in ¼-dram increments and is clearly marked DRAMS on the spout.
The flask is in FINE condition and remains solid and complete. The copper body has a medium copper patina and the brass lid retains some gold gilt finish. The body of the flask shows only a couple of minor pushes and shallow dents. The seams remain solid and complete and all three original screws are in place in the threaded brass collar that tops the flask body. The charger moves freely, adjusting easily to all four positions and the charging mechanism functions smoothly as well. Even the original charger spring is in place and retains some traces of its original blue.
Overall this is a really wonderful example of a Large Pistol Sized Dixon & Sons Bag Flask that would be a fine addition to any large frame cased percussion revolver, particularly a Colt London Navy. I’ve seen these flasks priced up into the mid-$600 to mid-$700 range, often in lesser condition. This is a really nice flask that is fairly priced and will be a nice accessory to go with your appropriate English revolver.