Share your favorites on Show & Tell

1857 Patriotic Flask - Who made it?

In Bottles > Flasks > Show & Tell.
Popular items147534 of 165979Prior  Comicals - Prior Chemical Companyold rusted tin cans
Love it
Like it

aeonaeon likes this.
fhrjr2fhrjr2 loves this.
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 6 years ago


(2 items)

I am researching this flask but have not been successful. It is porcelain and is dated 1857 (in ink) on the bottom. It is about 5 inches tall. Any help will be very much appreciated.


Mystery Solved


  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Can you post a photograph of the bottom (with markings) and the back side?

  2. vifacts, 6 years ago
    Sorry, I don't have a good picture of the back or bottom available right now. It is in storage. I will try to get a picture soon.

  3. vifacts, 6 years ago
    I do remember the back is plain white with a simple pattern. The bottom was smooth but not perfect. The ink inscription said "U.S Grant -- 1857".
  4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    I assume you are trying to associate this with General Grant. My thoughts would be that it is a centennial or memorial type thing. The state of NY owns his cottage and it is run as a kind of museum or historical site. They might be able to help you with the identification.
  5. vifacts, 6 years ago
    Thank you for your suggestion.
    I am most interested in the maker of the flask. I have an original newspaper article stating the flask was given to the family member by Grant. I established through a letter by Grant dated 1857 that the person met with this person.
  6. vifacts, 6 years ago
    I found out the maker of the bitters bottle was Schafer & Vater of Germany. They made a variety of flasks and bitters starting about 1890. Most likely this flask was made sometime after that. So, mystery solved.

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.