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Help dating an amber flask

RelicRaker

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Mar 13, 2017
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Okay guys, this is more of a "When is it?" and a "Who made it?"

I dug this amber strapside today...
Amber strap side appl lip.jpg


...and noticed the base scar. It seems to be made in a hinge mold.
Is the X a maker's mark or just a scar?
Hinge mold base mark.jpg


Also, the lip is very wonky and seems applied/tooled.
Checked my other flasks and none are applied lip.
Could this be older than 1875?
Applied lip flask.jpg


All help appreciated.
 

sandchip

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Sep 1, 2008
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I agree with Fred's date of the 1870s. The + sign is tough to attribute to any particular glasshouse being used so widely. An X is many times tied to the Stoddard, NH glasshouse, but I don't think that's the case here. Nice flask with that applied top. Thanks for sharing.
 

hemihampton

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I'm going to have to disagree with the 1870's date. looks more like 1880's to me, maybe early 1880's. All the Flask I have found in 1870's Privy's with other 1870's bottles have had this laid on ring type of top as seen in this pic. BUT
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,I'm far from any expert, just what I've noticed from my experience which is limited. LEON.
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Harry Pristis

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I've seen these "x's" or crosses on bottle bottoms before. I think they may be nothing more than a centering mark for assembling the mold or for applying the pontil rod.
In the case of the amber flask, the post had to be inserted into the closed hinge-mold (and removed before the mold could be opened. That mold could have been a hold-over from empontilling days.
case ginX A.JPG
case ginX C.JPG

Here is a pontil-scarred case bottle on which the cross on the bottle was, almost surely a target for centering the pontil rod.
 

GLASSHOPPER55

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Feb 23, 2015
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I'm going to have to disagree with the 1870's date. looks more like 1880's to me, maybe early 1880's. All the Flask I have found in 1870's Privy's with other 1870's bottles have had this laid on ring type of top as seen in this pic. BUT View attachment 206928View attachment 206929,I'm far from any expert, just what I've noticed from my experience which is limited. LEON.View attachment 206930
Leon, I just found a 6" flask identical to the last pic in your post . So, you are saying these date from the 1880s then?
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hemihampton

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Leon, I just found a 6" flask identical to the last pic in your post . So, you are saying these date from the 1880s then?View attachment 217321View attachment 217322View attachment 217323



NO, Everybody was saying that amber flask was 1870's with it's top, I was saying no it wasn't, I was saying it was the amber top flask was 1880's while my flask were 1870's.. Yours you pictured looks 1870's. mine looked 1870's, the amber flask looks 1880's. just my opinion. I'm sure others will vary? LEON.

I thought my post was crystal clear? I guess not?
 

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