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  "LIBERTY" EAGLE FLASK IN BRIGHT BLUE GREEN, WILLINGTON GLASS WORKS, WILLINGTON, CONNECTICUT, 1860-1873
Dimensions (inches): 8.25" x 4" wide x 2" deep
Description:
"Liberty" Eagle flask made by the Willington Glass Works of Willington, Connecticut between 1860 and 1873. The form is an unusual one among those I encounter in the marketplace and the color is a bright blue-green. This exact flask was formerly part of the collection of renowned American bottle collector Charles B. Gardiner. The exact style is referenced in "American Bottles & Flasks & Their Ancestry" by Helen McKearin and Kenneth Wilson (1978, Crown Publishers, New York) as item "GII-62" [i.e., Group II, version 62]. The McKearin text was meticulously researched and serves as the Bible of flask collecting and production in early America.

The imagery molded into the hand-blown bottle includes a spread-winged eagle with a federal shield upon its breast, perched on an oval wreath of olive branches. The eagle is leftward-facing with the wing, neck, body and legs in a sweeping crescent pose and above, in a slight arch, is the word "Liberty." On the reverse is the maker's name and location, "Willington Glass, Co" and "West, Willington Conn."

In addition to the Gardiner provenance, the flask is also ex-Gail Ross.
   
Primary Color: green
Earliest Date: 1860
Latest Date: 1873
For Sale Status: Sold
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