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Three Of A Kind - All Different! 
A Look At 3 "Peace Flasks"

     Following are "Peace flasks" dated 1844, 1847 & 1857:

 

 

Peace Flasks from 1844, 1847, and 1857

 

      Although all are "Peace flasks". They are not alike. On the 1844 Ames made flask the eagle looks to the left towards the olive branch and the clasped hands are within a circular sunburst with 13 points surrounded by a circle of 26 stars. The trophy base decoration consists of a small US within a canted shield, 4 crossed flags, cannons, swords, muskets, bugles, pikes and a single halberd. The carrying "rings" are triangular in shape and the flask is 6-5/8" from the bottom of the collar to the base.

     On the 1847 & 1857 Batty manufactured flasks, the eagle looks to the right towards the arrows. The clasped hands are within a separate panel surrounded by an oval sunburst of 12 points surrounded by an oval of 20 stars. The trophy panel consists of only 2 draped flags and a different arrangement of cannons, muskets, bugles and swords. Additionally, on the left, a pistol butt can be seen upward of the halberd and a knife? has been added between the sword and the flag drape. Protruding from the upper right point of the shield is something else. It may be a cannon barrel with a single star to the rear of the first reinforce and 2 stars at the front of the barrel possibly signifying the cannon firing. The shield is straight up and contains a large US. Both flasks measure 7-5/16" from collar bottom to the flask base. 

     The 1847 & 1857 differ from one another in over all spout design plus the spout on the 1847 is 1/16" longer and the carrying rings on the 1847 are triangularly formed while the 1857's are circular in shape. Both carry different inspectors markings.

 

 

1857 and 1847 Spouts!

On the left is the spout of the 1857 dated flask. The 1847 spout is on the right.

 

 
1844 Side Triangle

 

1847 Side Triangle

 

1857 Side Ring

 

 
1844 carrying "ring"

 

1847 carrying "ring"

 

1857 carrying ring

 


 

The 1844 Ames "Peace Flask"
1844 Ames Peace Flask

 

     Note: The collar screws in this flask have been replaced with rivets and the spout may have been replaced many years ago. 

     The spout is 1-7/16" long. The collar is 15/16" and the measurement from the bottom of the collar to the base of the flask is 6-5/8".

 
 

1844 Eagle

 

1844 Clasped Hands
1844 Trophy Detail
 
1844 Eagle

 

1844 Clasped Hands

 

1844 Trophy Detail

 

     This flask is marked on the top of the spout base "N. P. AMES". About ½" to the left of the Ames marking is "J. H." (John Hawkins or Joseph Harnis). The date "1844" is stamped on the spout base 180 degrees from or straight across from "N. P. AMES".

 

 

1844 Marking

 


 

 

1847 Batty Peace Flask

 

 

The 1847 Batty "Peace Flask"

     The spout is 1-7/16" long. The collar is 15/16" and the measurement from the bottom of the collar to the base of the flask is 7-5/16".
 

1847 Eagle

 

1847 Clasped Hands 1847 Trophy Detail
1847 Eagle

 

1847 Clasped Hands

 

1847 Trophy Detail

 

     This flask is marked on the top of the spout base "BATTY". The date "1847" is stamped on the spout base 180 degrees from or straight across from "BATTY". Directly under "1847" on the outer rim, are the initials "C B" (Charles Boarman). There is a large number "16" stamped just above the eagle's head on one side of the flask only.

 

 

Spout Base Marking

 

Spout Base Marking
Following is a shot looking into the flask mouth and a shot from the bottom of the flask base with the spout open:

 

 

Looking into the flask mouth

 

Flask base with the spout open

 

 

The 1857 Batty "Peace Flask"

 

1857 Batty Peace Flask

 


     The spout is 1¾" long. The collar is 15/16" and the measurement from the bottom of the collar to the base of the flask is 7-5/16".
 

1857 Eagle

 

1857 Clasped Hands 1857 Trophy Detail
1857 Eagle

 

1857 Clasped Hands

 

1857 Trophy Detail

 

     This flask is marked on the top of the spout base "BATTY". The date "1857" is stamped on the spout base 180 degrees from or straight across from "BATTY". Directly above "1857" on the outer rim, are the initials "J .H." (J. Hawkins or J. Harnis). Stamped under "BATTY" on the outer rim is " SPRINGFIELD MASS." and under "LD MA" is "R.H.K.W." (R. H. K. Whiteley).

 

Spuot Base Markings

Spuot Base Markings

 

     Following is a shot looking into the flask mouth and a shot from the bottom of the flask base with the spout closed:

 

Looking into the flask mouth

 

The bottom of the flask with the spout closed.

     For information purposes, the original carrying strap loops out at 25" and is ¾" wide. Following are pictures 
of the strap hook arrangement.

 

Strap Hook Arrangement

Strap Hook Arrangement

 

 

     Here is a picture of the reverse side of the three flasks:

 

 

The Reverse Side of the Three Flasks

 


 

     I hope everyone learned something from this. I certainly did and that is to make these presentations less detailed so I can get more sleep!

 Dave Radcliffe