Jeff and Holly Noordsy

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gx-4 general talor captain bragg flask with crisp embossing

ITEM 9633. "GENL TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS" / CANNON - "A / LITTLE / MORE / GRAPE / CAPT BRAGG" / CLUSTER OF GRAPES, (McK# GX-4), aquamarine, pontil scar, pint, crudely sheared and fire polished mouth, mint. American, probably blown at the Baltimore Glass Works, C. 1848, scarce.

Branded a "hero" after commanding our troops at the Battle of Buena Vista, General Zachary Taylor's popularity rose to a peak during the Presidential Election of 1848. Nearly forty different flasks with Taylor's embossed were created during the election, including this attractive Baltimore made flask. The embossed lettering of "A Little More Grape Captain Bragg" is a reference to a remark made by Taylor at the Battle of Buena Vista that was popularized and well documented in the papers of the day. Scarce in any condition, the GX-4 flasks are often damaged, heavily worn and/or poorly embossed. This SUPERB example excels in all regards and it would be right at home in the finest of collections.


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