Benjamin Franklin portrait flask

Portrait Flask: Benjamin Franklin and T. W. Dyott, M.D.

Kensington Glass Works

Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

McKearin, GI-96 Van Rensselaer, 36 GI


20.95 x 15.87 x 8.89 cm (8 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pale green glass

Not On View





Pale green glass with smooth lip and rough pontil.
Obverse: Benjamin Franklin bust in three-quarter profile facing left within oval. In semicircle above bust: “BENJAMIN FRANKLIN”. In large arc around Franklin: “ERIPUIT COELO FULMEN. SEPTRUMQUE TYRANNIS” [translates: He snatches from the sky the thunderbolt, and the sceptre from tyrants.]
Reverse: Thomas W. Dyott, large three-quarter profile facing right. “T.W. DYOTT, M.D.” in semicircle above bust. In large arc around Dyott: “KENSINGTON GLASS WORKS, PHILADELPHIA”.

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Philip B. Holmes in honor of George C. Seybolt