This Weller Ivory 'flask', or 'nip' stands 6" high by 4.25" across by 1.25" wide. It has a classic flask form, often referred to as a 'nip'. This flask is glazed in a creamy white, with an antiqued brown wash, which looks as if it were applied and then washed back, leaving the brown glaze in the crevices, giving it a very vintage presentation. The F.O.E. Eagle emblem is on each side. These flasks were made around 1910, or thereabouts. It is unmarked, but guaranteed to be vintage Weller, and it is in factory original condition, with the usual glaze nuances. We suspect this may have had a domed lid, and if so, it is long gone. These are often found with a cork, or nothing for a cover. This F.O.E. flask/nip presents a patriotic and charming history!
According to online sources, the 'Fraternal Order of Eagles' or FOE, is an organization that was established in 1898. Their mission and goal was to "make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope."
Touring theater troupes are credited with much of the Eagles' early growth. Most members were actors, stagehands and playwrights who carried the Eagles story from town to town as they traversed the United States and Canada. The group's early motto, "Skin'em," became the secret password to identify members while the official motto was changed to "Liberty, Truth, Justice and Equality."
Within 10 years of its inception, the organization boasted more than 1,800 Aeries scattered throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with a membership exceeding 350,000. Members received free medical attention for themselves and their families, weekly payments in case of sickness and a funeral benefit - all valuable services before the widespread availability of medical, disability and life insurance.
The organization quickly became a leader in influencing national politics, pushing to create Mother's Day and eventually Social Security, Medicare and more. The Eagles' growing membership, comprised of many prominent local figures, held a position of great influence in communities everywhere.