GI-119 Columbia / Eagle Portrait Flask

Provenance: Sandor P. Fuss collection

The Columbia – Eagle historical flask has a profile of Columbia who was the most popular symbol for America from colonial days until World War I. Columbia was the female personification of the United States and was also a historical name used to describe the Americas and the New World. Columbia originated from the name of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and from the ending -ia, common in Latin names of countries (paralleling Britannia, Gallia, and others).

The flask pictures Columbia facing left wearing a Liberty Cap. Thirteen small 6-pointed stars surround the bust of Columbia in a horseshoe arrangement. There are ten short graduated ribs at the bottom of the flask. The reverse is an eagle facing right. The shield has ten vertical bars under two horizontal bars. The left-wing is foreshortened to give a three-dimensional effect. Three arrows (thunderbolts) are in the left talon and an olive branch is in the right talon. As on the front, ten short graduated vertical ribs are at the bottom.

This pint flask has a plain lip and pontil mark.

Known colors are all extremely rare; clear, moss green shading to amber and cobalt.

The flasks were probably produced at Kensington Glass Works, Union Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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