Flask with Steamboat

Object Name: 
Flask with Steamboat

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Object Name: 
Flask with Steamboat
Accession Number: 
60.4.462
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 17.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1824
Web Description: 
The inscriptions on this flask refer to the tariff system. Tariffs protected American manufactured goods. Henry Clay, the author of this system, ran for president in 1824.
Department: 
Provenance: 
McKearin Antiques, Source
1960
Category: 
Technique: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
USE ME BUT TO NOT ABUSE ME / B.P.&B.
Inscription
THE AMERICAN SYSTEM
Inscription
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass with violet tinge; mold-blown; plain lip, pontil mark. Obverse: early steamboat with paddle wheel steaming to right; long narrow flag streaming to left from bow and large American flag, stars and stripes flying from mast back of smoke stack. Above boat in curving line "THE AMERICAN" and beneath the water through which the boat is steaming, the word "SYSTEM". Reverse: large upright Sheaf of Rye encircled by inscription "USE ME BUT DO NOT ABUSE ME"; also encircling the sheaf and between it and the inscription twenty-seven small dots or pearls, possibly intended to represent stars. Beneath sheaf narrow rectangular frame with curved ends and containing inscription "B. P & B". Edges: herringbone ribbing, no medial rib.
American Historical Flasks
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1953 through 1953
Pittsburgh Glass, 1797-1891 (1976) illustrated, p. 31, fig 12, obverse, fig. 13, reverse; BIB# 19272
The Story of American Historical Flasks (1953) p. 38, #143; BIB# 67719