GVI-2 “Balto” and Monument – Sloop Flask

Provenance: Anonymous

The GVI – 2 Monument – Sloop half-pint flask is a wonderful hand-full as the flask pictures the Washington Monument in Baltimore on the front and a sailing sloop on the reverse with copy reading “Fells Point.” This flask is all about Baltimore.

Fell’s Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood in southeastern Baltimore. It was established around 1763 and is located along the north shore of the Baltimore Harbor and the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River. The map above is circa 1800.

On what is considered the front of the flask is an embossed Washington Monument which is located at Mount Vernon Place, a historic area in Baltimore City, Maryland. Any trip to the city is worth visiting the neighborhood as the monument is a beacon of America and the anchor icon of many of the Baltimore Glass Works flasks. This was the first monument erected to commemorate George Washington in America. The embossed copy reading “BALT ° ” is in an arch below the monument. Your next stop should be Fells Point.

The reverse of the flask pictures a small embossed sloop, a sailing boat with a single mast. The sloop is flying a pennant, sailing to the right on the water. Above the sloop is embossed copy reading “FELLS” in an arch and below, in an arch, is “POINT”.

This half-pint flask has a plain lip and pontil mark.

Known colors are pale aqua and aqua which are scarce. Pale yellow-green and yellow-green are considered rare and golden amber, light olive green, light puce, light-medium puce, dark puce, amethyst, dark amethyst, wine, and topaz are very rare.

The flask was produced at the Baltimore Glass Works, in Baltimore Maryland from 1830 to 1850.

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Lot: 39 Monument And “Balto” – Sloop And “Fells / Point” Historical Flask, Baltimore Glass Works, Baltimore, Maryland, 1830-1850. Brilliant puce, sheared mouth – pontil scar, half pint; (1/2 inch fissure to left of sloop, somewhat weakened embossing). GVI-2 A comparatively scarce flask in a stunning color. Norman C. Heckler & Company Auction #171.

Lot: 142 “Balto” And Monument – Sloop Historical Flask, Baltimore Glass Works, Baltimore, Maryland, 1830-1850. Brilliant topaz, sheared mouth – pontil scar, half pint; (lettering and embossing weak on the sloop side, some exterior high point wear at the base below the hull of the sloop). GVI-2 Brilliant rare color, fine condition. Norman C. Heckler & Company Auction #101.

Lot: 117 Monument And “Balto” – Sloop And “Fells / Point” Historical Flask, Baltimore Glass Works, Baltimore, Maryland, 1840-1860. Bright yellow-green with an olive tone, sheared mouth – pontil scar, half pint; (some exterior high point wear, an interior open bubble has some content residue, interior has a light film of washable content residue). GVI-2 Unusual and beautiful bright color. Fine condition. Fresh to the market. Norman C. Heckler & Company Auction.

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