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Object Name: Figured flask
Date: 1847-1855
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Medium: Glass
Dimensions: Overall: 8 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 3 in. ( 20.6 x 14.6 x 7.6 cm )
Place made: United States, Philadelphia
Description: Light sapphire blue non-lead glass figured flask blown in a two-part mold (McKearin GI-37) with hand-tooled flared lip, oval body with bust of George Washington and inscription "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" on obverse, bust of Zachary Taylor with inscription "GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS" along with name of maker on reverse, and pontil mark on base.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.744
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Marks: on obverse:: "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" on reverse:: "DYOTTVILLE GLASS WORKS PHILAD.A / GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS"

Gallery Label:

This flask reflects Taylor's growing popularity as a hero of the Mexican War and as a potential presidential candidate (see Kenneth M. Wilson, "American Glass, 1760-1930," vol. 1, p. 126).

Provenance:

The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman