The McKearin Historical Flask Groups

I have created a list of the McKearin Historical Flask Groups. This chart will help in identifying the major flask groupings. I also keep the BLASKE COLLECTION, The Edmund & Jayne Blaske Collection of American Historical Flasks handy for reference.

The McKearin Historical Flask Groups

Group I – Portrait Flasks

Numbers 1 through 61 are Washington Flasks, 
Numbers 62 through 79a include Adams, Harrison, Jackson and Taylor, 
Numbers 80 through 93 are Lafayette, Numbers 94 through 98 are Franklin, 
Numbers 99 through 107a are Jenny Lind. Other portrait flasks are listed in molds 111 through 131

Group II – American Eagle Flasks

There are 144 molds in American Eagle flask group

Group III – Cornucopia Flasks

There are 18 Cornucopia molds in this flask group

Group IV – Masonic Flasks

There are 43 molds in the Masonic flask group

Group V – Railroad Flasks

There are 12 Railroad flasks in this group

Group VI – Baltimore Monument Flasks

There are 7 flask molds for the Baltimore Monuments

Group VII – Cabin bottles

There are 6 molds in this Cabin flask group

Tom Haunton officially extended this group and added molds as documented in his book, Tippecanoe and EG Booz, Too

Group VIII – Sunburst Flasks

There are 30 flasks in the Sunburst group

Group IX – Scroll or Violin Flasks

There are 52 in the Scroll group

Group X – Miscellaneous Flasks

33 flasks include Good Game, Sloop, Murdock & Cassel, Summer/Winter, Jared Spencer, American System, Stoddard Flag among others.

This was the final group as documented in American Glass. The following groups were added with the publication of American Bottles and Flasks and Their Ancestry:

Group XI – Pike’s Peak Flasks

There are 54 molds in the Pike’s Peak flask group

Group XII – Shield and Clasped Hands

There are 43 molds listed in this group

There are several unlisted flasks known

Group XIII – Pictorial Flasks from the 1850 to 1880 Period

The group includes over 90 flasks including Flora Temple, Horseman/Hound, Sheaf of Wheat, Baltimore Glass Works/Anchor and others.

Group XIV – Traveler’s Companion Flasks

The are 9 flasks in the Traveler’s Companion Group

Group XV – “Lettered” Flasks

There are 28 mold in the Lettered flask group

These are mostly flasks with embossing indicating a particular glass works.

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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