Hello folks, welcome to this auction for a stunning rare and highly coveted piece of history. What a honer it was to have had the opportunity to have first hand picked this great collection from the estate of a first class collector and purest who passed from us.Up for your bidding interest is a GREAT Mustard dish in true and vintage opaque, milk glass called "THE AMERICAN HEN". Folks, this is true and very pure, the transparent color towards the edges is stunning to be sure. The eagle rests on top sitting on her 3 eggs as marked "Porto Rica, Cuba, Philippines". It is 6 1/8" long X 2 3/4" high X 3 5/8" deep. The banner reads on the side of the basket pattern base "THE AMERICAN HEN". On the bottom it reads "Pat. applied for". The condition is very nice with no chips, cracks breaks or repairs, a beauty to be sure. I have added a picture of the 3 listed on ebay from this stunning collection, please remember this auction is only for the single pictured dish. I have added some great info on the history of this along with the other 2 listed, please take a look at them as well. I would love to see this 75 + year old collection stay together and will do my very best to combine shipping as a savings. It will be offered to you as is were is with no returns, it is the utmost purest piece. They all will have a starting bid at a fraction of t value, thats what makes a great and fair auction for all to join in. Have the comfort in knowing that I have not or ever will list reproductions or any other such foolishness. 100% pure and original. As always, please enjoy this NO RESERVE auction. Thank you !On October 4, 1898, a design patent was granted to George A. Flaccus, of the E.C. Flaccus Company, Wheeling, West Virginia, (established 1877) for a "Shipping Vessel". On the bow of the glass battleships manufactured under this patent are the embossed names Oregon, Wheeling or Olympia, all ships of the US Navy fleet. As purveyors of catsup, mustard, mincemeat, vinegar and preserves, Flaccus designed a large number of their own containers, but he also often commissioned this work to other glasshouses. Flaccus and other glassmakers of this period created figural covered dishes based on famous and heroic figures
"Uncle Sam on the Merrimac" covered dish, c. 1898. Attributed to Flaccus. Civil War memorabilia (e.g., Uncle Sam on the Merrimac covered dish, The American Hen covered dish, Queen Victoria with Her Royal Emblem covered apothecary jar), serial sets of nursery rhymes and stories (e.g., Little Bo Peep covered dish, Little Red Hen covered dish) and other popular themes of the day.
One prevalent American icon of the early 1900s was the battleship Maine. The famous US warship docked in Havana harbor was on "official business" in a time of high political tension with Cuba and Spain. According to the newspaper headline from The Boston Herald, February 16, 1898, the Maine was "mysteriously" blown up in an appalling explosion killing "two officers and 251 men". This act, said to have been the precipitous event which started the Spanish-American War, was immortalized in milk glass in at least five distinctively different molds from different makers. One model vents the battle cry of the day, exemplifying American sentiments, "Remember the Maine". Three others have Maine on the bow and at least one of the models is in blank, but to this day is still known by reputation.
An average price today for an antique ship can range from under a hundred to several hundred dollars, depending on the ship and its condition. Most covered dishes have lost their original glued on labels, but recently, a rare battleship covered dish, the Texas, sold at auction (in mint condition with labels intact) for a final bid of nearly eight hundred dollars