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Object Name: Figured flask
Date: 1847-1855
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Medium: Glass
Dimensions: Overall: 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 17.1 x 12.1 x 5.7 cm )
Place made, possibly: North America, United States, Philadelphia
Description: Light aquamarine, slightly opaque lead glass figured flask blown in a two-part mold (McKearin GI-40) 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 and inscription "GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS" on reverse, and pontil mark on base.
Credit Line: Gift of Clarence G. Michalis
Object Number: 1953.391
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Marks: in relief: on obverse: "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" in relief: on reverse: "GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS"

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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).