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Figured flask

Object Number: 
1953.390
Date: 
1847-1855
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. ( 17.1 x 12.4 x 5.7 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on obverse: "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" in relief: on reverse: "DYOTTVILLE GLASS WORKS PHILAD.A / GEN.TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS"
Description: 
Aquamarine non-lead glass figured flask blown in a two-part mold (McKearin GI-38) with plain lip, oval body with bust of George Washington on one side with inscription "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY", bust of Zachary Taylor on the other side with inscription "GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS" along with name of maker, 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: 
Gift of Clarence G. Michalis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group