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Auction # 36

Auction Ended: Wednesday November 15th, 2023 at 10 PM Eastern Time

Auction Local Time: Feb 29, 2024 05:55:25 EST


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 "GENERAL WASHINGTON" / BUST OF WASHINGTON – EAGLE Historical Flask, an early Pittsburgh district glasshouse, 1825 - 1835. Greenish aquamarine, sheared mouth – blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, very near mint; (a paper-thin ¼” open surface bubble at the edge of the base, on the medial rib, otherwise virtually pristine condition). GI-2. A great example, very strong impression, virtually no wear, fantastic condition.  
16 $ 375
  “WASHINGTON” / BUST OF WASHINGTON – “BALTIMORE GLASS WORKS” / BUST OF GEORGE ARMISTEAD Historical Flask, probably 1830 – 1840. Light greenish aquamarine, sheared mouth – blowpipe pontil scar, Pt; (a 3/16” flake above the “A” in “Glass”, and a faint narrow ring of light haze above the base, otherwise perfect). GI-17. Comparatively scarce. A bright, clean example with strong, crisp embossing. Provenance: Ex. Tom McCandless collection.

In 2019, research by Anthony Picadio helped to determine the portrait on the reverse to be George Armistead, commander of Ft. McHenry during the battle of Baltimore. Because of his successful defense of Ft. McHenry during War of 1812, George Armistead became the hero of Baltimore and is credited with saving the city.
 
18 $ 210
  "WASHINGTON" / BUST OF WASHINGTON – “JACKSON" / BUST OF JACKSON Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, CT, 1830 - 1840. Bright yellowish amber through the mid-section, shading to a deeper amber with a slight golden tone in the shoulders and base, sheared mouth – pontil scar, ½ Pt; (some light exterior wear, a tiny bit of minor roughness on the inside edge of the lip, and a slightly weak impression in the shoulders which is common on this mold, otherwise excellent). GI-34.  
16 $ 275
  "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" / BUST OF WASHINGTON – “DYOTTVILLE GLASS WORKS PHILAD.A / GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS" / BUST OF TAYLOR Historical Flask, 1848 - 1855. Deep grape amethyst coloration, sheared mouth – smooth base, Pt, near mint; (just a trace of very light wear including a couple of tiny, pinhead open bubbles, otherwise perfect). GI-38. Beautiful and rare color, excellent condition.  
8 $ 1,700
  “THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY” / BUST OF WASHINGTON – “GEN.L TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS” / BUST OF TAYLOR Historical Flask, 1848 – 1855. Medium cobalt blue, sheared mouth – blowpipe pontil scar, Pt; (some scattered light exterior wear; a 3/8” chip from the edge of the sheared lip, and a bit of very faint content haziness that may wash out). GI-40b. A scarce mold, rare and desirable color. Provenance: Ex. Timothy and Christine Hill collection.  
11 $ 1,100
  "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" / BUST OF WASHINGTON – “A LITTLE MORE GRAPE CAPTAIN BRAGG" / BUST OF TAYLOR Historical Flask, Dyottville Glass Works, 1848 - 1855. Medium-to-deep cobalt blue, sheared mouth – blowpipe pontil scar, Qt; (some typical scattered minor wear, and the top of the lip has been finely polished, likely to smooth a chip, or a bit of flaking, otherwise excellent). GI-42. Beautiful, very strong color, deeper than most.

A big, beautiful, impressive flask. Although this example is not perfect, the majority of cobalt Washington flasks do have some issues, and are less than perfect. The noted lip polish is not easy to discern, and the flask displays very nicely.
 
11 $ 1,900
  WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON Portrait Flask, Lockport Glass Works, Lockport, NY, 1850 - 1860. Aquamarine, sheared mouth – blowpipe pontil scar, Pt; (a fair amount of high point wear on Washington’s bust, primarily on one side, much less on the opposite side, and a little minor roughness including a 1/8” flake on the top of the sheared mouth, otherwise excellent). GI-61. A scarce mold that despite the noted wear, still displays quite nicely. Provenance: Bruce Purdy collection.  
8 $ 220
  BUST OF TAYLOR – “ROBT RAMSAY / WINE & / LIQUOR MERCHT / 281 8th AVENUE / N.Y.” Historical Flask, probably Dyottville Glass Works, 1852 – 1854. Aquamarine, sheared mouth – blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, very near mint; (slight trace of light wear, some faint interior residue). GI-78. Extremely rare! This is the only private-mold wine & liquor merchant known to have used a figured flask mold. Provenance: Fred Swiechowicz collection.

Note; believed to be only the third example offered at auction in more than 20 years! We sold one of the other two examples in our Auction #22, March, 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity, these don’t come around often.
 
21 $ 3,500
 "LAFAYETTE" / BUST OF LAFAYETTE / "COVETRY / C-T" - STARS AND LIBERTY CAP / "S & S" Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, 1824 - 1830. Bright yellowish amber below the shoulders shading to a rich olive amber towards the neck and base, sheared mouth – blowpipe pontil scar, Pt; (some light-to-moderate high point wear; a pinhead flake on the edge of the lip, and a small spot on the edge of the lip that may have been lightly polished to smooth a flake). GI-85. A very pretty example.  
8 $ 550
 "LAFAYETTE" / BUST OF LAFAYETTE / "COVENTRY / C-T" - STARS AND LIBERTY CAP / "S & S" Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, 1824 - 1830. Yellowish olive amber, sheared mouth – pontil scar, ½ Pt; (some moderate high point wear, primarily on Lafayette’s coat, as well as the liberty cap on the reverse, otherwise near attic mint; a ¼” pontil flake on edge of base mentioned for completeness). GI-86. Very strong embossing, nice character with crude, pebbly glass.  
12 $ 600
  "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" / BUST OF FRANKLIN - "T.W. DYOTT, M.D." / BUST OF DYOTT - "WHERE LIBERTY DWELLS THERE IS MY COUNTRY - KENSINGTON GLASS WORKS PHILADELPHIA" Historical Flask, 1825 - 1835. Aquamarine, sheared mouth – pontil scar, Pt; (just the slightest trace of very faint wear, otherwise pristine perfect). GI-94. A comparatively scarce flask, extremely bold impression, virtually pristine perfect, a top example!  
13 $ 750
  "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" / BUST OF FRANKLIN - "T.W. DYOTT, M.D." / BUST OF DYOTT - "WHERE LIBERTY DWELLS THERE IS MY COUNTRY - KENSINGTON GLASS WORKS PHILADELPHIA" Historical Flask, 1825 - 1835. Deep root beer amber, sheared mouth – pontil scar, Pt; (slight trace of light wear, and a 1/16” flake on lip, otherwise perfect). GI-94. Scarce mold, rare color, extremely bold impression. Provenance: Ex. James Chebalo, Paul Richards collection.  
8 $ 4,500
 "JENY LIND" / BUST OF JENY LIND – GLASS FACTORY Historical Calabash, Ravenna Glass Works, Ravenna, OH, 1857 – 1862. Bright medium cobalt blue, applied blob collar – large red iron pontil scar, Qt, near mint; (a slight trace of wear including two, paper-thin open bubbles, 1/8” and ¼”, as well as a tiny potstone on the surface of the neck ring on the reverse with a 1/16” iridescent flake, but no radiations, otherwise perfect). GI-104. A beautiful example, fantastic color.

Note; this is recent lucky find from an estate sale near Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. It was found in the basement of the home and simply washed with a bit of sudsy water to bring it to near mint condition.
 
26 $ 4,500
  EAGLE – MEDALLION Historical Flask, an early Pittsburgh district glasshouse, 1825 – 1835. Colorless with an ever-so-slight vaseline tone near the base, sheared mouth – pontil scar, Pt; (a 1/8” bit of minor roughness on the inside edge of the lip; a little high point wear, and a little roughness from some in-manufacture glass extrusion at the mold seam on the neck, otherwise excellent). GII-8. Very rare. Provenance: Ex. Earl Dambach collection.

The noted condition issues are relatively minor. These plump, early Pittsburgh 'Beaded Eagles' have always been held in high esteem by collectors, and they don’t come around often! Listed as number 10, McKearin Group B, Most Desirable Flasks.
 
12 $ 3,750
  EAGLE – EAGLE Historical Flask, probably Kentucky Glass Works, Louisville, KY, 1850 – 1855. Aquamarine, sheared mouth – blowpipe pontil scar, Pt; (a touch of minor light wear; some roughness, likely in-manufacture, along the top of the lip including a little discoloration, possibly iron oxide from the gaffer’s shears, otherwise excellent). GII-24. Note; this was also one of several early flasks recently discovered from an estate sale in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI.  
9 $ 190
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