GIX-12a • Scroll Flask

Provenance: Alan DeMaison Collection

Most scroll flasks were blown at either Pittsburgh area and Louisville, Kentucky glass houses between 1825 and 1860 and were commonly used to hold whiskey or other spirits. There is no other grouping in the McKearin charts that contain such a myriad of sizes and colors as the scroll grouping. They range in size from a mere 2 ½ inch miniature to a giant gallon size with half-pints, pints, quarts, and half-gallon examples in between.

Our museum example is a pint scroll flask with a McKearin GIX-12A listing number. This is a variant of the comparatively scarce GIX-12 scroll flask. The GIX-12 has two medium 7 pointed stars. The GIX-12A differs in that the obverse has an upper-medium 6 pointed star over a medium 8 pointed star. The reverse has two medium 8 pointed stars.

The GIX-12A has a plain lip and pontil mark. The base picture in the slides above gives the impression of an iron pontil, but it looks to be a rough pontil. This particular example appears to have a medium 6 pointed star on the reverse side.

The GIX-12A is rare in aqua and cobalt-blue. This dark olive green with lighter shading is unlisted and would make it at least rare if not very rare or extremely rare.

Support Images: Lot 58: Scroll Flask, probably Louisville Glass Works, Louisville, Kentucky, 1845-1860. Medium blue green, sheared mouth – pontil scar, pint; (1/8 inch by 1/4 inch open bubble on neck). Probably GIX-12a Unusual color. An attractive flask. Mike Roberts collection. – Norman C. Heckler & Company Auction #105

Support Images: GIX-12A Scroll Figured Flask, Lot #180, pint, one side with six-point star above an eight-point star, other with two eight-point stars, sheared mouth, large and deep red iron pontil mark. Bright yellow-green/citron, Attribution: United States. Circa: 1840-1860. Condition: Undamaged with only minute wear to two stars. Size: 6 7/8″ H. Provenance: From the estate collection of Russell and Doris Evitt, Jackson, California. Ex-collection of Charles B. Gardner, New London, Connecticut (retains printed number label 134). Reference 1: Literature: McKearin/Wilson – American Bottles & Flasks, pp. 620, 621.

Support: Price guide to all flasks by Mike Roberts, 1981

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