| ||"GENERAL WASHINGTON" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - EAGLE Historical Flask, an early Pittsburgh district glasshouse, 1825 - 1835. Greenish aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, perfect. GI-2. Scarce. An absolutely top example having brilliant glass, an incredibly bold impression, and virtually no wear. Without a doubt, one of the choicest examples of this early beaded Washington flask that we have seen!
|| ||13|| $ 750|
| ||"WASHINGTON" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - EAGLE / "B.K." Historical Flask, Benedict Kimber, Bridge Glass Works, PA. Rich, medium-to-deep aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt; (a 1/8" hole at the medial rib with a couple of ¼" fissures extending from the hole). GI-13. Extremely rare! A great looking example, bright, clean, much better than average impression, strong color, and beyond the noted hole in the rib, virtually attic mint. James Chebalo collection.|
Note; see Mark Vuono's article, The Early Washington Group, AB&GC, May, 2013. Mark points out that the flask is "very difficult to obtain for the average collector". In addition, Mark points out in the article that he has seen and handled about a half dozen examples, and all were in a pale yellowish green. Mark states that he has never seen an aquamarine example!
| ||18|| $ 2,300|
| ||"WASHINGTON" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - "BRIDGETON" (STAR) "NEW JERSEY" / BUST OF TAYLOR Historical Flask, Bridgeton Glass Works, 1848 - 1855. Bright blue green, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, virtually attic mint; (only the slightest trace of light wear, and a little very faint, barely visible, light interior milkiness in the reverse, otherwise perfect). GI-24. A beautiful, bright example, very crisp, bold embossing. Provenance: James Chebalo collection.
|| ||8|| $ 650|
| || "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - BUST OF TAYLOR Historical Flask, probably Dyottville Glass Works, Philadelphia, 1848 - 1855. Medium-to-deep amber, crudely applied ring collar - smooth base, Qt; (some minor wear and a couple of light scratches, a little faint dullness to the glass, primarily on the reverse, some patchy content residue that would likely wash out). GI-45. A very rare mold, unlisted color! Provenance: Fred Swiechowicz collection.|
As noted by McKearin, a rare mold. In addition, an unlisted color. The only colors noted in the flask charts are aquamarine and pale yellow green. The only colors listed in past auction records are light yellowish green. The noted condition issues are all pretty minor. A very rare flask, extremely rare color!
The GI-45 is considered by many to be the rarest of all the Dyottville Washington - Taylor flasks. All known examples sold to-date through the catalogued bottles auctions have been aqua, light blue-green, or light yellow-green. This is the 1st, and only, recorded example in amber to be sold at public auction in more than 40 years!
| ||13|| $ 2,750|
| ||"THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" / BUST OF WASHINGTON - (Reverse plain), Historical Flask, Lockport Glass Works, Lockport, NY, 1848 - 1855. Clear, medium bluish green, applied ring collar - blowpipe pontil scar, Qt, near mint; (a few, minor open surface bubbles, ¼" or less, and just the slightest trace of faint wear, otherwise perfect). GI-47. A beautiful example, excellent character with whittled, bubbly glass. Provenance: James Chebalo collection.
|| ||15|| $ 475|
| || "ZACHARY TAYLOR" / BUST OF TAYLOR / "ROUGH & READY" - "CORN FOR THE WORLD" / CORNSTALK Historical Flask, Baltimore Glass Works, 1848 - 1855. Light aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, attic mint; (trace of faint, washable, interior residue). GI-74. A very rare flask, good impression, beautiful condition, almost no wear! A lucky discovery from an estate sale in Cumberland County, NJ.
|| ||23|| $ 1,400|
| ||"LAFAYETTE" / BUST OF LAFAYETTE / "COVENTRY / C-T" - STARS AND LIBERTY CAP / "S & S" Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, 1824 - 1830. Bright, yellowish olive amber, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, ½ Pt, near mint; (just a slight trace of light wear, otherwise virtually perfect). GI-86. A bright, clean example filled with tiny bubbles and some impurities including a large potstone in the neck (with no associated issues!). James Chebalo collection.
|| ||12|| $ 800|
| ||"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, 1824 - 1830. Deep root beer amber, sheared mouth - pontil scar, Pt; (just a touch of light wear and a 1/16" flake on the lip). GI-94. A scarce, desirable mold, extremely bold impression! James Chebalo, Ex. Paul Richards collections.
|| ||9|| $ 4,500|
| ||"BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" / BUST OF FRANKLIN - "T.W. DYOTT, M.D." / BUST OF DYOTT - "ERIPUIT COELO FULMEN SCEPTRUMQUE TYRANNIS - KENSINGTON GLASS WORKS, PHILADELPHIA" Historical Flask, 1825 - 1835. Colorless with a pale lilac tint in the base, sheared mouth - pontil scar, Qt, near mint; (some high point wear, primarily on Franklin's nose and cheek, some washable residue). GI-96. Fred Swiechowicz collection.|
A big, impressive flask with a great deal of eye-appeal. Exceptionally bold embossing, very scarce-to-rare 'color' (the great majority of examples being in aqua). The pale lilac or 'smoky amethystine tint in the base is subtle, but very attractive.
| ||27|| $ 1,300|
| || BUST OF WEBSTER - BUST OF CLAY Historical Flask, Granite Glass Works, Stoddard, NH, 1852 - 1860. Bright, light yellowish olive amber, almost an olive yellow below the shoulders, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, ½ Pt, virtually attic mint; (just the slightest trace of faint wear). GI-114. A pretty example, nice and light with excellent character. Per Anthony Picadio, the busts on this flask, previously undocumented, have been conclusively shown to be Daniel Webster and Henry Clay.
|| ||21|| $ 650|
| || EAGLE - EAGLE Historical Flask, an early Pittsburgh or Monongahela glasshouse, 1825 - 1835. Aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, near mint; (just a touch of light wear including a 3/16" bit of roughness on the edge of the lip that you can feel, but is not easy to see, and a narrow band of faint interior milkiness in the lower half of the body, barely noticeable, otherwise excellent). GII-3. A rare flask, bright and clean with a good impression.
|| ||11|| $ 4,250|
| || EAGLE - CORNUCOPIA Historical Flask, an early Pittsburgh or Monongahela glasshouse, 1825 - 1835. Bright aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, ½ Pt, perfect! GII-11. A scarce, very early little flask, bright and clean, fantastic condition with virtually no wear.
|| ||23|| $ 1,000|
| || EAGLE - EAGLE Historical Flask, Kensington Glass Works, Philadelphia, 1825 - 1840. Gorgeous, lemon yellow with a strong citron green tone, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, near mint; (some washable residue; several paper-thin open surface bubbles and a slight trace of light wear, otherwise perfect). GII-40. Incredible color and character! Aside from being an exceedingly rare color, this example is 'over-the-top' in terms of bubbles and character! Fred Swiechowicz collection.|
Legendary flask collector, Sam Laidacker, as well as pioneer collector Ed De Vere, noted "Yellow-green" as well as "Lemon-yellow", for this mold. These two descriptions seem to fit this flask. A wild color for this mold. We are not aware of any other similar color for this mold being offered at auction in more than 30 years!
Note; there is a little washable attic-type soot along the medial ribs, as well as in the crevasses of the oval frames, and around the eagle (as can be seen in the images). It is how the flask was found. We choose to leave 'as-is' as part of the history of the flask. If desired, it would easily wash with a little sudsy warm water.
| ||41|| $ 29,000|
| ||EAGLE - EAGLE Historical Flask, Kensington Glass Works, Philadelphia, 1825 - 1840. Brilliant blue green with strong teal tones, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, virtually pristine perfect; (small interior bubble with a bit of residue). GII-40. An exceptional, eye-appealing example with a strong impression. Outstanding in terms of brilliance, color, clarity, and condition.|
Not to be 'out done', this example is simply pristine, and not your 'ordinary' blue green coloration. It has a gorgeous teal coloration, exceptional clarity and brilliance, as well as a unusually long neck. This, and the previous example complement one another nicely, and are both 'top-shelf' pieces.
| ||17|| $ 4,500|
| || EAGLE - FURLED FLAG / "FOR OUR COUNTRY." Historical Flask, Coffin & Hay Glass Manufactory, Hammonton, NJ, 1838 - 1847. Aquamarine, sheared mouth - blowpipe pontil scar, Pt, virtually perfect; (trace bit of washable residue). GII-54. A beautiful example of this comparatively scarce, and very desirable mold - bright, clean, good depth of color (many examples are very pale in color), bold embossing, and almost no wear!
|| ||16|| $ 450|