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Figured flask

Object Number: 
1937.744
Date: 
1847-1855
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 3 in. ( 20.6 x 14.6 x 7.6 cm )
Marks: 
on obverse:: "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" on reverse:: "DYOTTVILLE GLASS WORKS PHILAD.A / GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS"
Description: 
Light sapphire blue non-lead glass figured flask blown in a two-part mold (McKearin GI-37) with hand-tooled flared lip, oval body with bust of George Washington and inscription "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" on obverse, bust of Zachary Taylor with inscription "GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS" along with name of maker on reverse, and pontil mark on base.
Gallery Label: 
This flask reflects Taylor's growing popularity as a hero of the Mexican War and as a potential presidential candidate (see Kenneth M. Wilson, "American Glass, 1760-1930," vol. 1, p. 126).
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group