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.”

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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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