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Auction # 33

Auction Ended: Wednesday November 16th, 2022 at 10 PM Eastern Time

Auction Local Time: Feb 6, 2023 23:17:19 EST

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Lot
Number
DescriptionNumber
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Final Bid
 "GENERAL WASHINGTON" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - EAGLE Historical Flask, an early Pittsburgh district glasshouse, 1825 - 1835. Aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, near mint; (just a trace of light wear including a paper-thin, 3/16", open bubble at edge of base, and a shallow, narrow open bubble on the interior, otherwise perfect). GI-2. Scarce. A great example, bright, clean, and with a bold, very strong mold impression.  
10 $ 230
  "GENERAL WASHINGTON" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - "E PLURIBUS UNUM" / EAGLE / "T.W.D - ADAMS & JEFFERSON / JULY 4 A.D. 1776 - KENSINGTON GLASS / WORKS PHILADELPHIA" Historical Flask, Kensington Glass Works, 1826 - 1835. Clear, medium emerald, sheared mouth - pontil scar, Pt; (a bit of light high point wear, and a weak impression in the shoulders, but no other form of damage, and otherwise excellent). GI-14. A very historical flask, scarce color.

The GI-14 mold, nicknamed the "Firecracker" flask, is generally considered by flask collectors to be the most historical of all the figured flasks! On July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after their signing of the Declaration of Independence, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died within five hours of each other. This flask commemorates these two Presidents, that historic event, as well as George Washington, the American eagle, and the Kensington Glass Works!
 
5 $ 1,600
  "WASHINGTON" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - "JACKSON" / BUST OF JACKSON Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, Coventry, CT, 1825 - 1840. Medium olive amber, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, ½ Pt; (the flask is virtually attic mint, it does have a slightly weak impression in the shoulder, as is typical for this mold). GI-34. A great example, almost no wear, nice character and texture to the glass.  
15 $ 375
 "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - "A LITTLE MORE GRAPE CAPTAIN BRAGG" / BUST OF TAYLOR Historical Flask, Dyottville Glass Works, Philadelphia, 1848 - 1855. Medium clear green with a slight bluish tone, applied double ring collar - blowpipe pontil scar, Qt; (a little light wear, primarily on the reverse, including some fine light scratches to the right of Taylor's bust, otherwise excellent). GI-42. Nice color, clarity, very bold impression!

A very pleasing example. As noted, the area of light wear, or fine scratches, is on the reverse. The flask displays beautifully, and has a very strong impression as well as bold embossing.
 
11 $ 425
 "LAYAYETTE" / BUST OF LAFAYETTE / "T.S." - MASONIC Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, 1824 - 1830. Bright yellowish olive with a slight amber tone, almost an olive yellow through the shoulders, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, virtually perfect; (a tiny, onionskin-thin, pinhead open bubble at edge of base). GI-83. A fantastic example of this very rare mold. Listed by McKearin as #2 in Group B, "Most Desirable Flasks".

Note; in early discussions with Mark Vuono about the various Lafayette flasks, Mark indicated that this mold, the GI-83, is actually a more difficult mold to acquire that the ½ pint 84 mold.
 
18 $ 8,000
  "LAFAYETTE" / BUST OF LAFAYETTE / "COVENTRY / C-T" - STARS AND LIBERTY CAP / "S & S" Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, Coventry, CT, 1824 - 1830. Bright, light, yellowish olive amber shading to a medium olive amber through the base and neck, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt; (just a slight trace of very minor wear, otherwise perfect!) GI-85. A fantastic example, strong mold impression, excellent color and clarity. Provenance: Ex. Blaske collection.

A top example being prettier and lighter than most, with very little wear, and great provenance!
 
19 $ 2,100
 "LAFAYETTE" / BUST OF LAFAYETTE - MASONIC ARCH Historical Flask, Mt. Vernon Glass Works, Vernon, NY, 1824 - 1830. Medium-to-deep yellowish-olive with a slight amber tone, sheared, tooled, and inward rolled mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, ½ Pt, near mint; (a tiny, barely visible without a loop, 3/16" in-manufacture annealing or cooling line in the glass, near the side mold seam; some high point wear, and a shallow ¼" flake at edge of base). GI-89. Boldly embossed, very rare!  
3 $ 1,800
  "JENY LIND" / BUST OF JENY LIND - STAR / "GLASS FACTORY" / GLASS FACTORY Historical Calabash, probably Whitney Glass Works, Glassboro, NJ, 1857 - 1862. Aquamarine, applied sloping collar - blowpipe pontil scar, Qt, perfect. GI-102. Comparatively scarce. A great example, clean and bright, almost no wear, virtually pristine condition.  
11 $ 170
  BUST OF WEBSTER - BUST OF CLAY Historical Flask, probably Granite Glass Works, Stoddard, NH, 1852 - 1860. Bright yellowish olive, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, ½ Pt, virtually perfect; (just the slightest trace of faint wear). GI-114. A pretty example, and a bit more scarce in this olive green coloration. Per Anthony Picadio, the busts on this flask, previously undocumented, have been conclusively shown to be Daniel Webster and Henry Clay. Provenance: Bruce Purdy collection.  
14 $ 375
  BUST OF COLUMBIA / "KENSINGTON" - EAGLE / "UNION. Co" Historical Flask, Kensington Glass Works, Philadelphia, 1825 - 1835. Aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt; (the flask may have been lightly cleaned, but certainly presents as near mint with just a bit of patchy, light interior haziness, primarily in one of the sides, otherwise excellent). GI-117. A very desirable, comparatively scarce mold, one that does not come around often.

A very historical mold with the bust of Columbia representing the American identity surrounded by 13 stars, and the Eagle on the reverse.
 
13 $ 1,300
  BUST OF COLUMBIA - EAGLE / "B&W" Historical Flask, probably Kensington Glass Works, Philadelphia, 1825 - 1835. Bright aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, very near mint; (just a slight trace of minor wear, otherwise perfect). GI-121. Comparatively scarce. A bright, clean example of this early, historical flask. Fantastic condition. The bust of Columbia is very similar to that which is portrayed on many early U.S. coins.  
18 $ 475
  "OUR CHOICE" / (BUST OF GROVER CLEVELAND & ADLIA STEVENSON) / "CLEVE & STEVE / NOVEMBER 8TH 92 / MARCH 4TH 93" - (CROWING ROOSTER) Historical Flask, 1892 - 1893. Golden amber, figural half-barrel with staves, tooled sloping collar with ring - smooth base, ½ Pt, virtually perfect; (1/8" paper-thin flake at edge of base, slight trace of faint interior residue). GI-124. A scarce political flask, excellent overall condition.

The flask was blown to commemorate Grover Cleveland's second Presidential term. Grover Cleveland holds the distinction to be the only U.S. President to serve two nonconsecutive terms in office (1885 - 1889 and 1893 - 1897). The crowing rooster on the reverse was often used as an early symbol of the Democratic Party.
 
7 $ 300
  EAGLE - EAGLE Historical Flask, an early Pittsburgh or Monongahela glasshouse, 1825 - 1835. Greenish aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, attic mint. GII-4a. A very early beaded flask rated as Rare by McKearin, but is likely very rare. This is the first example of this very rare flask that has been offered at auction in more than 25 years! A beautiful example, almost no wear, very strong mold impression. Provenance: Bruce Purdy collection.  
9 $ 950
 EAGLE - CORNUCOPIA Historical Flask, an early Pittsburgh district or Monongahela glasshouse, 1825 - 1835. Colorless, sheared, tooled, and inward rolled mouth - solid, glass tipped pontil scar, ½ Pt; (a little 'bloom' or faint dullness to the glass around the shoulders, not distracting but mentioned for completeness; at some point, the base has been polished, likely so the flask would stand, otherwise perfect). GII-11. A scarce mold in a very rare color. Provenance: Bruce Purdy collection.  
13 $ 700
  EAGLE - "COFFIN & HAY." / STAG / "HAMMONTON" Historical Flask, Coffin & Hay Glass Manufactory, Hammonton, NJ, 1836 - 1847. Clear, medium bluish green, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, ½ Pt, perfect. GII-50. A scarce and desirable mold, excellent impression, and certainly very scarce-to-rare in this blue green coloration. A little sweetheart of a flask having fantastic color, clarity and condition!  
5 $ 1,900
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