GIV-3 Masonic Arch and Eagle and J.K B Topaz StriAted Flask

Provenance: Sandor P. Fuss Collection

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One look at this flask and you realize you are looking at a Unicorn. Seeing is believing as this outstanding museum example begs for attention with its topaz coloration and pronounced puce striations.

The early Masonic lodges in the United States usually met in one room of a local tavern. These taverns were gathering places for exchanging news and gossip as well as for eating and drinking. At the taverns, it was customary for a Mason to partake of the food and liquid refreshments, but each Mason was responsible for his own drinking habits. During this period of time Masonic flasks or pocket flasks, became common at Lodge meetings. Drinking and fellowship were enjoyed after the Masonic meetings were concluded. – Chuck Bukin

Read: Mason Flasks – Pieces of History by Charles I. Bukin

On what is considered the primary face of the flask is two embossed columns rising from a mosaic pavement consisting of 31 bricks, in rows of 8, 8, 5, 5, and 5. Connecting the columns is a curved archway with a central keystone. Below the keystone is an all-seeing eye surrounded by rays. Below the rays of the all-seeing eye is an open book with a compass and square forming a diamond shape. Between the columns is a radiant triangle enclosing a G. At the left of the columns is a trowel over a skull and crossbones. Above the trowel and to the left of the keystone is a blazing sun with rays. Below the pavement are a beehive to the right and a crossed level and plumb line to the left. To the right of the columns is Jacob’s Ladder ascending to a radiant quarter moon with four stars above and three stars below. The stars appear as dots with no points.

The reverse of the flask depicts an embossed eagle with its head facing left. Above the eagles head is a banner or ribbon containing heavy crimping. The eagle has a breast shield with twelve small dots at the top. There are three rows of four dots. The right wing is foreshortened to give the eagle a more three-dimensional appearance. There are three arrows or thunderbolts in the right talon and an olive branch in the left talon. Below the eagle is a large embossed beaded oval frame. Within the oval frame is two typographic lines reading, “J. K” which is above the ” B.”

The pint flask usually has a tooled lip, but can occasionally have a plain lip or a heavy collar lip which is rarer.

The flask is pontiled.

Known colors are light green, clear light green, and clear which are considered rare. Peacock green, dark yellow-green, clear yellow-green (amber tones), clear blue-green, greenish-blue, amber, yellow-olive to clear, olive-green to amber, clear olive green (amber tones), pale lavender, and clear (bluish tint) are very rare; and yellow-green (dark amber neck), puce, gray-blue, sapphire, peacock blue, and blue are extremely rare.

The flask was probably produced at the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks in Keene, New Hampshire from 1815 to 1830.

Support: Secondary Flask Image: Lot: 231 Masonic Arch And Emblems – Eagle And “J.K / B.” Historical Flask, probably Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks, Keene, New Hampshire, 1815-1830. Colorless with profuse amethyst striations in the lower third of the flask, inward rolled mouth – pontil scar, pint; (7/16 inch chip on edge of mouth, light exterior high point wear). GIV-3 A very heavy flask with a wonderful color combination and strong mold impression. Glenn Quimby collection. – Norman C. Heckler & Company Auction #177. 

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