This is a very small American art glass flask, produced in the New England region of glassmakers. The date is the first half of the 19th century approximately, circa 1800 to 1850.
The flask is 3 3/4” high, 2 ¾” long and ¾” wide. The dimensions mean the shape is wider from side-to-side, and narrow from front-to-back. The flask lays on one flat side; it was not designed to stand upright; in fact each side has a round slight indentation.
The glass is a rich amber color with evenly spaced air bubbles that stretch out the closer the bubbles get to the neck.
The rim is slightly rounded and smooth.
The bottom has what is termed a Pitkin pontil, the glassmaker who originated the making of glass bottles and flasks during the late 18th to early 19th centuries in the New England region. The pontil is indented, tubular and slightly rough on the edges. It is possible that the flask is an original Pitkin, as this glassmaker did produce very small flasks.
I don’t know the original function for the flask. It is not a perfume or scent bottle. It may have held opiates or smelling salts.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks. The glass is in excellent condition.
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