GVIII-19 Wide Mouth Sunburst Flask

Provenance: Sandor P. Fuss Collection

This museum bottle created quite a stir when it showed up as one of the lots at the FOHBC 2013 Manchester National Antique Bottle Show auction which was aptly named “The Madness in Manchester Auction.”

You are bidding on what many consider to be the most desirable of all the Sunburst form flasks. Often times referred to as the ‘snuff jar’ Sunburst, it is believed that only about a half-dozen were thought to exist, usually in shades of olive amber and olive green. To our knowledge of the known examples, this is the only example in this deep bluish aqua color!

Jim Hagenbuch – Glass Works Auctions, 2013

Read: Madness in Manchester Auction

The wide mouth Sunburst flask features a large elliptical sunburst on both sides with twenty-four rounded rays. The rays round down to the surface of the flask giving a raised sunburst effect. The sunburst has a concave circular center. The size of the sunburst is about 3 7/8 inches by 2 3/8 inches. The edges are horizontally corrugated. The flask is 7 inches tall with a rectangular body 3 7/8 inches by 3 5/16 inches with a plain lip and pontil mark.

There is some speculation that the original purpose of this flask was as a snuff bottle or a small jar. Known colors are all extremely rare; aqua, red amber, olive green, dark olive green, and puce.

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

Support Image: Lot 96: Sunburst Snuff Jar, Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks, Keene, New Hampshire, 1815-1830. Medium to deep yellowish olive green, sheared mouth – pontil scar, ht. 7 3/8 inches; (some very minor manufacturer’s blemishes including onion skin bubbles and potstones). GVIII-19 Exceptionally rare. Exceptionally beautiful. This piece has a real “presence”. Fine condition. Purchased from Jacob’s in Southwick, Massachusetts for $25.00 in 1952, ex Merritt Vanderbilt collection, Clarissa Vanderbilt Dundon collection. Norman C. Heckler & Company Auction.

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