Nicely painted tin/tole wear style powder flask Circa 1830.
Some believe this tins to be militia canteens, but I feel they are commercially made powder tins, ready to be worn and used for hunting. This kidney shaped tin measuring 6 inches high by 2 inches at its widest, was originally sold with a japanned finish, and later decorated, as was common to do with tin wear, with painted borders, florals etc., and in this example embellished with a crude, folky American flag, waving on pole.
There are two small tin loops for heavy twine sling to be applied for sling use. A simple cork is now used for a stopper and shows sufficient wear and patina to be original.
A good amount of the original paint survives. Typical wear with small dings, rubs and chipping to finish, but overall would rate as very good. The American flags makes it rather a special piece, having been used by a hunter or militiaman; perhaps both.