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Flask (New York World's Fair)

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
MEDIUM Glass
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES 1939
    DIMENSIONS 8 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (22.5 x 13 x 13 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS On bottom, molded: "P-34 / 2 [faint, illegible pictograph] [upside down '1']"
    INSCRIPTIONS On banner encircling globe-shaped body of flask, molded words and pictures: "[star shape] WOLRDS [star] FAIR [star] 1939 [2 stars] [4 pictographs or symbols, some indecipherable: arrow, pictograph resembling backwards musical note, 2 parallel serpentine lines, 'H' shape] [2 stars] 1939"
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 40.253
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION American. Flask (New York World's Fair), 1939. Glass, 8 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (22.5 x 13 x 13 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription, 40.253. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.253_bw.jpg)
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION White milk glass flask with body in shape of a globe and a long neck. Globe molded with oceans, continents, and major mountain ranges; molded crinkled ribbon divides globe into four quarters and continues into neck; banner encircling globe on diagonal reads: "WORLDS FAIR 1939". Neck is cylindrical form, tapering toward top; sides of neck decorated with three triangles bent down center and, in between, crinkled ribbon; mouth threaded for a now lost screw-on cap.
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