A highly decorative antique late 18th century Russian powder flask.
It features heavy repousse metalwork decoration including masks and foliage, there are two headed eagles to each side near the base.
It also features two stylised dragons to the front beneath the central mask.
It has a metal stopper that fits to a chain, the chain is attached to the side of the flask to one of the metalwork faces, there is a further metal loop on the other side, the chain appears to be a later replacement.
It has two ridged 'feet' to the base for standing upright.
Powder flasks are more commonly found in leather and brass or horn, this is definitely one of the more decorative flasks with lots of finer detailing.
It is very heavy and very well made, appears to be hand cast / sculpted as opposed to being cast in a mold.
Whilst the flask is silver plated this is not to be confused with Electroplated, it has been plated using an earlier silver leaf method of plating originating from early in the first few centuries which was initially used for the forgery of coins!
The technique was later used to decorate objects with silver and was widely used until more modern methods of plating were discovered such as Electroplating.
Good used condition overall, wear to the silver, brass showing through in areas, soft solder areas and general production defects, general surface wear and / or scratches, stands slightly askew.
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