Antique Heavy Pewter Round Flask with Screw-on Top Inscribed Varnish
Description: Antique pewter heavy (weighs ~22 ounces) round flask having a screw-on top. The flask has an oval flat base, flat large front and back and rounded narrow sides. The flask has a short neck which is threaded on which a round cover screws on to close the flask. The top of the screw-on lid is decorated with concentric circles, while the front of the flask is inscribed with the engraved word "Varnish" in beautiful cursive calligraphy. This is a very unusual form and is very uncommon. The piece has a nice gray age patina. See flask 848 in Peter Hornsby's book "Pewter of The Western World 1600-1850" published Schiffer Publishing Ltd. in 1983 for a similar example. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely mid 19th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The flask measures ~4 3/4" in diameter, the base is ~2 1/2" by ~1 1/2", and the piece is ~5 1/4" to the top of the screw on cover. The piece weighs about 22 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a great looking antique worthy of a spot in your collection.
Condition: This flask is in very good condition with no breaks, cracks, or repairs. The screw-on top works well and is original to the piece. The flask does have many scratches and many dings to the surface. The piece has two relatively deep and sizable dimples on either of the narrow sides near the top. These can be seen in the third and sixth photo. The front and back of the flask are slightly curved inwards. The flask has a nice gray and warm patina, but also has many stains and blemishes, which truly gives it character and enhances its look. These of course can be cleaned, but we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. A beautiful piece of very nice and unusual form, which would look great in your collection of old pewter. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty of this piece and for additional condition information.