Jeff and Holly Noordsy

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EXTRA CRISP GI-96 FRANKLIN-DYOTT KENSINGTON FLASK

 

ITEM 7719. "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" / BUST OF FRANKLIN - "ERIPUIT COELO FULMEN SCEPTRUMQUE TYRANNIS" - "KENSINGTON GLASS WORKS PHILADELPHIA" - "T.W. DYOTT, M.D." / BUST OF DYOTT, (McK# GI-96), aquamarine, pontil scar, quart, sheared and fire polished mouth, about mint (small radiating potstone just under the "T" in "T.W." and a few freckles of faint interior haze). Blown at the Kensington Glass Works, Philadelphia, PA, C.1835, scarce, Ex. Warren "Bud" Lane Collection.
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With a Latin inscription that loosely translates to "he snatched the lightning from heaven and the scepter from tyrants," this truly historic flask was modeled after Houdon's famous bust of Franklin that was completed in 1778. Over the years we have handled numerous examples of this flask and most have been plagued with significant wear at the high points. It is a pleasure then, to present this attic quality flask that exhibits not a whisper of wear and features the boldest possible embossing. The radiating stone is a condition of manufacture and a minor one at that, as evidenced by the fact that this example was chosen and kept in the multi-generation Lane collection that was started in the 1920s.



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