Jeff and Holly Noordsy

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rare new england giv-6 "two pounder" masonic flask

ITEM 8927. EAGLE - MASONIC, (McK#GIV-6), deep greenish aquamarine, pontil scar, pint, tooled mouth, about mint (light exterior wear). Blown at a New England Glass House, 1815-1830, rare mold.

This unusual variation of the GIV-5 is distinguished by a lack of beads on both the pennant and the oval surrounding the sunburst. McKearin lists the mold as scarce but in discussions with Mark Vuono, he describes the flask as "rare." Flasks of this type are traditionally attributed to Keene and though that's a probable source, it's also possible that the flask was blown at one of the Boston area Glass Houses of the period.



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