Masonic/Eagle Flask

Object Name: 
Masonic/Eagle Flask

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Object Name: 
Masonic/Eagle Flask
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
H: 19.2 cm
Not on Display
about 1817-about 1822
Primary Description: 
Moonstone; mold-blown; tooled lip, pontil mark. Obverse: Masonic decoration; from a mosaic pavement rise two columns surmounted by archway with Keystone in center; beneath Keystone radiant all-seeing eye and between columns radiant triangle enclosing the letter "G" and above it open book with square and compasses. At left of column, trowel with skull and crossbones beneath. At right of column is Jacob's Ladder ascending to "Cloudy Canopy" or "Star Decked Heaven", represented by radiant quarter moon surrounded by seven stars at right of archway. At left of archway blazing sun. Beneath pavement at right beehive and at left crossed level and plumb line. Thirty-four bricks in pavement. Reverse: American Eagle, head turned to left; shield with vertical and horizontal bars on breast; wings partly raised and left foreshortened. Thunderbolt (three arrows) in its left talons, olive branch in right. Above eagle ribbon with inscription "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (letters frequently indistinct). Beneath eagle oval frame with letters "IP" joined together (old-fashioned J). The initials stand for Justus Perry. Edges: five vertical ribs.
Pattern Name: 
McKearin Antiques, Source
American Historical Flasks
Corning Museum of Glass 1953 through 1953
A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Glass (1999) illustrated, p. 91; BIB# 67965
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 100, #94; BIB# 35679
The Story of American Historical Flasks (1953) p. 20, #25; BIB# 67719