Louisville Glass Works

“American Eagle” Flask

c. 1850-60

Place Made
USA: Kentucky, Louisville
Glass, blown pattern mold
6 1/2 x 1 1/16 in.
Credit Line
Gift of Melvin P. Billups in memory of his wife, Clarice Marston Billups
Accession #

Nineteenth-century American "figured flasks" can have a variety of images, from political to purely ornamental. These bottles and flasks for holding liquor were mold-blown, and exploded in popularity after the War of 1812. They have been tremendously collectible over the past 100 years, with collectors seeking to locate specific patterns showing a given politician or celebrity or social slogan in the variety of colors produced by a given glasshouse.