1890-1910 Glass "Jo Jo" Picnic Flask

1890-1910 Glass "Jo Jo" Picnic Flask


This bottle is extremely unusual, and thus rare, for a machine-made glass bottle. It has what is called a ‘straw-tint’, meaning it has an ever-so-slight light brownish-yellowish hue, which is caused by the use of selenium and/or arsenic as a deodorizing agent during production. Though terribly imperfect, evidence of its automated production may be found in the seam lines on either side of the bottle.

The lip of the bottle lacks threading, indicating that it would have originally been topped by either a glass stopper or dropper, or a cork. Its shape and size qualify it as a spirit or liquor bottle. The shape of this bottle is known as the 6-ounce “Jo-Jo" picnic flask, as is pictured on page 171 in the Illinois Glass Company catalog from 1906.

  • Maker: Illinois Glass Company

  • Material: Glass, straw-tint

  • Epoch: 1890-1910

  • Dimensions: 6.125” x 1.125” x 3”; 6 fl. oz.

  • Procurement: Ferndale, Michigan

  • Origin: Alton, Illinois

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