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bearswede
03-23-2005, 11:18 AM
Does this base look suspiciously like a reproduction o.p.? It is posted on ebay as an 1850's era flask with a severe crack... Yet the current bid is over $50...

WOW!!!

Ron

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/2587/Ol31323.jpg

bearswede
03-23-2005, 01:40 PM
Maybe, Rich... But, to me, it looks like those fake O.P.'s on the repro Booze bottles...

Ron

bearswede
03-23-2005, 04:01 PM
Rickadoo...

If you have Jim Megura's bottle book (2000), turn to page 302. There (Reproduction Bottle section) bottom left, is a photo of said Masonic/Eagle with the caution:"...some very good copies here."

For my money (and believe me, I'm keeping it in my pants on this one!), that sucka is a bit off...

Ron

bearswede
03-24-2005, 11:34 AM
I asked for and got a straight-on photo of the base (I'll post it when I get home)... It isn't as fake-looking as I had thought... Still, it could be a repro and that massive crack!

bearswede
03-24-2005, 06:20 PM
Photo as promised...

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/2587/Om34188.jpg

whiskeyman
04-23-2005, 01:40 AM
The Masonic/Eagle flask Megura refers to is not this flask but the JP variation, I believe...It was made in Italy for Old Sturbridge Village gift shop in 1964 and was still being reproduced as of 1978.. A more recent repo is machine made....and occurs in at least one color I am aware of : a pale blue.
The book <U> American Bottles & Flasks & Their Ancestry </U> by McKearin-Wilson makes no note of a Seeing Eye/Masonic repo.