GI-14 “General Washington” – Eagle Portrait Flask Amber

Provenance: Anonymous

A new world record for the highest-selling bottle at auction was set this morning after Heckler Auctions sold a light blue bottle, dubbed the “Firecracker Flask,” for $100,620. April 2, 2010.

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The General Washington – Eagle portrait flask, affectionately called the “Firecracker Flask,” features a three-quarter view of George Washington in full uniform. The inscription “GENERAL WASHINGTON” is in a horseshoe configuration above Washington. The reverse has an eagle turned to the right. The wings are slightly raised with the left foreshortened to give the illusion of a more three-dimensional figure. The breast shield has seven bars. The left talon has five arrows (thunderbolts) and the right talon is holding a large olive branch. The head is adorned with sunrays with “E PLURIBUS UNUM” in a semi-circle above the sunrays. The eagle is perched on an oval frame with 28 small inner pearls. In the oval is “T.W.D.”

This very detailed embossed flask also has the inscription “ADAMS & JEFFERSON JULY 4. A.D. 1776” on the edge nearest Washington and “KENSINGTON GLASSWORKS PHILADELPHIA” on the edge nearest the eagle.

Known colors are aqua and light green which are common; clear medium green, clear emerald green, and emerald green noted as rare; deep green and deep green with a yellow tone, very rare. Golden-yellow, dark amber, red amber, sapphire, and deep sapphire are extremely rare.

The pint flask has a plain lip and pontil mark. The flask was produced at the Kennington Glass Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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“General Washington” And Bust – “E Pluribus Unum / T.W.D.” And Eagle Portrait Flask, Kensington Glass Works, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 1820-1830. Medium amber with a strong olive tone, sheared mouth – pontil scar, pint; (light exterior high point wear). GI-14 Strong mold impression, Extremely rare in this color. One of two or three known examples. Fine condition. A historically significant flask which was created to commemorate the deaths of founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Coincidentally the former presidents, and close friends, both died on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Gary and Arlette Johnson collection. Estimate: $40,000 – $80,000 Minimum bid: $20,000 Closing Price: $42,000

“General Washington” And Bust – “E Pluribus Unum / T.W.D.” And Eagle Portrait Flask, Kensington Glass Works, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 1820-1830. Medium amber with a strong olive tone, sheared mouth – pontil scar, pint; (light exterior high point wear). GI-14 Strong mold impression, Extremely rare in this color. One of two or three known examples. Fine condition. A historically significant flask which was created to commemorate the deaths of founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Coincidentally the former presidents, and close friends, both died on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Gary and Arlette Johnson collection.

Secondary blue example images: A new world record for the highest-selling bottle at auction was set this morning after Heckler Auctions sold a light blue bottle, dubbed the “Firecracker Flask,” for $100,620. April 2, 2010.

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