Overall: 8 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 3 in. ( 20.6 x 14.6 x 7.6 cm )
Light sapphire blue lead glass figured flask blown in a two-part mold (McKearin GI-37) with hand-tooled flared lip, oval body with bust of George Washington and inscription "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" on obverse, bust of Zachary Taylor with inscription "GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS" along with name of maker on reverse, and pontil mark on base.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
on obverse:: "THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY" on reverse:: "DYOTTVILLE GLASS WORKS PHILAD.A / GEN. TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS"
This flask reflects Taylor's growing popularity as a hero of the Mexican War and as a potential presidential candidate (see Kenneth M. Wilson, "American Glass, 1760-1930," vol. 1, p. 126).
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.