GI-39 Washington / Taylor Portrait FLask

Provenance: Anonymous

According to Historic Glasshouse, the Washington Taylor flask described by McKearin as GI-37 is a fairly common item whether they be the original 19th-century bottle or the abundantly reproduced 20th-century copy. Determining whether one is a true historical flask or just a replica made by the Clevenger Brothers or another late 20th-century manufacturer is not always an easy task for the non-collector.

The GI-37 quart mold is the first of 32 different variations thought to have been made at either Dyottsville Glass Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Lockport Glass Works in Lockport, New York. Original bottles exist both as a smooth base or with a pontil scar; lip finishes vary from the common shear to single or double collar and even in some cases a square or tapered collar.

The subject GI-39 Washington Taylor portrait flask features George Washington in a classical profile facing left. He has a braid of hair worn hanging at the back of the head. He is wearing a toga. The bust is surrounded by embossed copy reading, “THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY” in a horseshoe shape.

The reverse of the flask pictures General Zachary Taylor in profile facing left. He is in uniform with four buttons on his coat and an ornamental shoulder piece on the coat or jacket of his military uniform. “GENERAL TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS” is embossed in a horseshoe shape around the raised profile.

The quart flask was produced at the Dyottville Glass Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All Dyottville Glass Work type flasks may have different necks; plain lip, double rounded collar, single rounded collar and broad sloping collar. Bases occur with pontil marks and smooth.

This flask group comes in a wide variety of colors. Known colors are aqua which is common; clear green and bright blue-green are comparatively scarce; light green, medium green, emerald green, dark yellow-green, and deep blue-green are scarce; peacock green, dark green, gold amber, olive amber, dark olive amber, dark olive-yellow, olive green, pale violet-blue, and deep emerald green are rare; while light green with mossy green swirls, amethyst, wine, are medium blue are very rare.

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Auction Lot 150: Washington – Taylor Portrait Flask, possibly Dyottville Glass Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1820-1840. Light yellowish-green, sheared mouth – pontil scar, quart. GI-39 A subtle and beautiful shade of green. Fine condition. Norman C. Heckler & Company

Auction Lot 122: Washington – Taylor Portrait Flask, Dyottville Glass Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1840-1860. Rich blue-green, sheared mouth – pontil scar, quart; (7/8 inch crack extends from the pontil scar to the edge of the base, several small shallow flakes off base edge, minor exterior high point wear). GI-39 Beautiful deep color. Norman C. Heckler & Company

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