Hidden in Plain Sight:
The Material World of Early Springfield


American Flasks

Zanesville swirl bottle, c. 1820s-1835
Scroll flask, c. 1830-1860
Eagle flask, c. 1830s-1840s
Recovered from the Edwards Place privy
Collection of the Illinois State Museum

Flasks such as these were extremely common in antebellum America and were found in a variety of patterns and colors. They generally came in half pint, pint, or quart sizes and would have been filled at a local tavern or grocery.