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Gettysburg Pitkin Flask, 1790's?

photolith

Well-Known Member
Nov 4, 2019
51
8
Pittsburgh
Got this bottle today in Gettysburg, it looks like a Pitkin Flask from around 1810 or so, maybe ever 1790 or maybe 1830, who knows. Either way, its 1790-1830 I believe. However, it doesn't have a flat base so it cant site up like a normal Pitkin Flask. Anyone know what the technical name for this bottle would be? I have never seen one quite like it, but had to have it. Obviously this wasn't made in Gettysburg, Im thinking it was probably made in Mass, although they also made similar glass in Pittsburgh a little bit later.

Untitled by photolitherland, on Flickr

Untitled by photolitherland, on Flickr

Untitled by photolitherland, on Flickr

Untitled by photolitherland, on Flickr
 
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yacorie

Well-Known Member
Dec 10, 2018
151
0
CT
Hi photolith. Great flask.

i sent your pictures to one of the premier pitkin collectors to see what they had to say.

the flask is definitely not a Pitkin because it lacks the half-post which is where the 2nd layer of glass below the neck would stop. Based on the form and the color they said it’s most likely of Midwest origin. Apparently, lots of swirled flasks were made in that region. With regards to the base not being flat, that is simply the decision made by the glass blower at the time.

either way it’s a great piece
 

yacorie

Well-Known Member
Dec 10, 2018
151
0
CT
So people have asked if the flask has any wear marks. A few have suggested that the pontil looks suspect so th eh were looking for wear marks. Does the bottle have any? It may also be European (Norway).
 

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