Gorham Manufacturing Companyca. 1888

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

Irregularly-shaped body (conforms to grasp of large hand) has decoration of applied cactus growing from clump of desert vegetation on each edge. Cacti on front of flask frame elaborately engraved scene of walled compound with numerous buildings and two smoking smokestacks at foot of mountain. Hills, cacti, and more buildings are in foreground. On back of flask is a 3/4 portrait head of a man in low relief. Below portrait is raised signature and inscription. At the top of the flask is a short neck with simple molded mid-band. Above this is hinged cap also with simple molded band. Cap turns in order to lock closed. Interior of cap is lined with cork. Lip and interior of flask is gilt.Condition: Generally excellent. Minor scratches with most significant as follows: short deep scratch below and slightly to right of 167 in mark; in middle of mountains in front as right angles to slope; above head on back, also small deep below right shoulder; long one running down and to right from R in signature, between H and M in inscription.

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  • Title: Flask
  • Date Created: ca. 1888
  • Location Created: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Type: Food/Drink, Storage
  • Rights: Anonymous Fund
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/109375/Flask
  • Medium: Silver
  • Signed: Back of flask, below portrait is raised signature: "Alex R Shepherd"
  • Markings: [Lion passant, anchor, gothic G] STERLING, 167 [in rectangle] /GORHAM MFG. CO /[star in circle--date mark for 1888)On each hinge plate: 18
  • Maker: Gorham Manufacturing Company
  • Inscribed: Back of flask, below portrait, in raised rustic letters: "to /H.M. Stevens /1888." Top of cap is inscribed in raised letters: "BATOPILAS."
  • Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 5 x 1 1/2 in. (19.7 x 12.7 x 3.8 cm)
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Accession number: 82.70