GII-49 Eagle – Stag Flask

Provenance: Anonymous

This extremely rare GII-49 Eagle – Stag flask is hardly ever seen by antique bottle collectors. If you do see one, it will probably be in aqua. This gorgeous yellow-amber pint has it all. With exquisite craftsmanship and detail, the eagle and stag make the flask stand out from others. We are very pleased to have this example in our collection.

The Eagle -Stag historical flask features an embossed eagle on what is considered the primary flask face with the eagle head turned to the right. The wings are slightly raised with the left-wing foreshortened to give the illusion of a more three-dimensional eagle. The shield has seven vertical bars with three horizontal bars above those. The eagle has seven arrows or thunderbolts in the left talon and a large olive branch in the right talon. Very fine sunrays adorn the eagles head. The eagle sits on an oval frame with very fine inner beading.

The reverse of the flask depicts an embossed stag (male deer) with antlers facing left. The stag stands erect standing on vegetation in a field. “COFFIN & HAY.” is embossed in a semicircle above the deer and “HAMILTON” is embossed in a semicircle below the deer.

The pint flask has a plain lip and pontil mark.

Known colors are aqua which is rare, pale yellow-green which is considered very rare and dark amber (black) and olive amber (black) which is extremely rare. This museum example is obviously extremely rare in this vibrant yellow-amber coloration.

The flask was made by Coffin & Hay Manufactory in Hammonton, New Jersey from 1836 to 1847.

The Hammonton Glass Works years of Bodine Coffin and Andrew Hay 1836-1838

William Coffin Sr. was owning and operating the Hammonton Glassworks again when his son William Coffin Jr. left to become a partner in the Millville glassworks in the year 1828. William Sr. continued to run the works until the year 1836 when he leased the works to his son Bodine Coffin and his son-in-law Andrew K. Hay who would operate the glassworks from January of 1836 until November of 1838 when a disastrous fire destroyed the factory. Subsequently, the Coffin and Hay company was dissolved in November of 1839. William Coffin Sr who still owned the glassworks fired all of the workers suspecting arson as the cause of the fire and traveled North to Massachusetts to locate workers from the Boston-based New England Glass Company where he still had business connections. With help from the north Coffin was able to rebuild the factory again but it was too late for his son and son-in-law as they had young families to care for and needed to move on and start anew.

Support: Auction Lot 48: Eagle – Stag And “Coffin & Hay. / Hammonton” Historical Flask, Coffin and Hay Manufactory, Hammonton, New Jersey, 1820-1840. Aquamarine, sheared mouth – pontil scar, pint; (light exterior high point wear, shallow 3/4 inch chip on mouth top edge, 1/4 inch pontil flake comes to base edge). GII-49 A handsome flask with attractive embossing. Norman C. Heckler & Company

Support: The Hammonton Glass Works from Historical American Glass.

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