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.