Flask, 1824-1828

Summary

Glass factories in America began producing inexpensive, mold-formed flasks in the early 1800s. These figured flasks, often decorated with symbols of national pride or political or cultural affiliation, appealed to America's common man. Some of these flasks contain images of revered Revolutionary War-era patriots. Benjamin Franklin -- writer, philosopher, statesman and diplomat -- adorns this flask from the early 1800s.

Glass factories in America began producing inexpensive, mold-formed flasks in the early 1800s. These figured flasks, often decorated with symbols of national pride or political or cultural affiliation, appealed to America's common man. Some of these flasks contain images of revered Revolutionary War-era patriots. Benjamin Franklin -- writer, philosopher, statesman and diplomat -- adorns this flask from the early 1800s.

Artifact

Flask (Bottle)

Date Made

1824-1828

 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass

Object ID

60.10.14

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Glass (material)
Mold-blown glass

Technique

Blow molding

Color

Aqua (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 in

Width: 5.75 in

Length: 3.5 in

Weight: 1.125 lb

Inscriptions

pressed on front: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN / ERIPUIT COELO FULMEN. SCEPTRUMQUE TYRANNIS [He snatches from the sky the thunderbolt, and the sceptor from tyrants] pressed on back: T.W. DYOTT, M.D. / KENSINGTON GLASS WORKS, PHILADELPHIA

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