Saving Lives with Dry Gunpowder: The Antiquities of Yenke Peddler

CLEVELAND, Ohio — This weekend, we honor those who have lost their lives in service to our country.

Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, when the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated with flags, flowers and wreaths. Arlington National Cemetery maintains this sacred place, honoring their sacrifice.

This Memorial Day, watch a parade, visit a cemetery, and support your local military veterans.

Gunpowder flasks were an important and life-saving accessory for many soldiers in our country. Going back to 1830, the ordinary powder flask has become extraordinary.

Mass production has found its place in the die-cast metal powder flask industry. Replacing objects made of natural materials (horn, ivory, tortoiseshell, etc.), these artistically designed metal flasks were used during the Civil War.

The smaller bottles were called “pocket friends”. Military and sports flasks ranged in size up to 24 ounces. Most of them were bottle-shaped designs with interesting relief patterns. The scenes displayed can be animals or birds, as well as elaborate fluted and engraved scenes.

The goal was to keep the powder dry for use.

According to the spout, size and decoration, the prices were reasonable. Today they can sell from $100 and up.

On a lighter note, holiday theme collectors will gather at Canfield Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. The Midwest Holiday Antique Show is very much like a museum, but with buying power. Admission is $10.

Maybe you can find a vintage national poppy flower souvenir – a reminder of Flanders Field, Belgium.

Hello Yenke Peddler,

This German clockwork toy dog ​​didn’t have a top hat, so a 48-star flag was added to make it complete. Everything else is original. It is in working order. Assess?


Hello James,

Your German plush toy is adorable with glass eyes, metal nose, quirky bow tie and key, plus an embroidered 48-star flag. It dates from the 1930s, so this flag is appropriate. It wasn’t until 1959 that we added Alaska and Hawaii.

The fact that it works helps it retain most of the value, even without the hat. The value would be $125 as is.

If you have an item to appraise, send a clear photo with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and inquiries for Brenda to appraise at [email protected].

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