Jeff and Holly Noordsy

Dealers Specializing in the Sale of Early American Bottles, Glass and Period Decorative Arts




ITEM JNH74. SUNBURST FLASK (McK#GVIII-5A), bright golden amber, pontil scar, pint, sheared and fire polished mouth, mint. Blown at the Pitkin Glass Works, East Hartford, CT, 1815-1825, extremely rare.

It's always good to see old friends and we're pleased to reoffer one of the better flasks we've sold in the past two or three years. The GVIII-5A mold is distinguished by the "bullseye" at the center of the sunburst design and it is to my eye the most attractive of the 3 acquirable Pitkin made sunburst molds. The bottle is among the earliest of the American figured flasks and arguably one of the first blown. Of attic quality, this startlingly attractive example exhibits remarkably little wear at the high points. It is the flask's overall crudity however, that makes it as fine an example as we have encountered - the uneven glass thickness and numerous bubbles create a beautiful appearance in the sunlight.



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