The Bust of Lafayette – Coventry Glass Works Mold
Mold Section Found in the River in Mansfield, Connecticut
28 May 2014
John Pastors, American Glass Gallery Auction #12 ends this evening and I sit here watching a few items of special interest. One is the extremely rare, aqua, GI-85a Bust of Lafayette historical flask. John’s pictures and auction lot description are reposted within. What caught my attention was his comment, “one half of the original 2-piece mold for this flask is on display at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. The mold section was found in the river in Mansfield, CT.”
“LAFAYETTE” / BUST OF LAFAYETTE / “COVETRY / C-T” – STARS AND LIBERTY CAP / “S&S” Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, 1825 – 1830. Aqua, sheared mouth – pontil, Pt; (professionally cleaned to original luster and near mint, but retains a little light oxidation, or fine graininess, between the ribs and a little on the reverse). GI-85a. Extremely rare, one of only three known in aquamarine (and with one of the other two examples having damage). Variant with two rivet impressions in the shoulder.
This is the same example that sold at auction, Nov. 2005, for $8,400 (including buyer premium). It is the only undamaged example to be offered at public auction, and as noted, displays near mint. However, it was professionally cleaned some time ago and if the buyer desired, it could possibly be improved just a bit with today’s perfected cleaning methods. Regardless, a great example and a great rarity!
Note; one half of the original 2-piece mold for this flask is on display at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. The mold section was found in the river in Mansfield, CT. (See CMOG video below)