Antique Whiskey Bottle Hall of Fame


Here are some of the best Antique Whiskey Bottles seen on the Internet. If you have a top Whiskey that you would like to show off here, then please submit JPG picture and description to rlynch@antiquebottles.com. Also indicate whether you would like to publicize your name/Email as the owner of the bottle.

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JOHNSON / & BURKE / TURF EXCHANGE / 114 MAIN ST. / ANACONDA, MONT.

Clear half pint coffin "shoe fly" flask.

"DURKIN" / WHOLESALE AND RETAIL / WINES AND LIQUORS / MILL AND SPRAGUE ST. / SPOKANE, WASH.

Called the Jimmie Durking megaphone bottle. Stands 13 1/4" in height.

Company history courtesy of seller mitchellscollectibles:
Jimmie Durkin was labeled "Man of his Word". He came to Spokane in the spring of 1897 and purchased the major block on northwest corner of Sprague Ave. and Mill (now wall street). In the building he installed a family type liquor store for over-the-counter retail sales, and a bar. The bar soon became known as the "working man's club" and it's code of conduct, under Jimmie's personal supervision became the envy of many of the other downtown liquor spots. Jimmie used advertising to drive his business to success. He hired a Swedish sign painter to paint his logo on every rock, ledge and tree he could find. One old-timer used to tell the story of the time a stranger swaggered through Durkin's swinging doors and planted a granite boulder on the bar. "here, Jimmie", he shouted, "here's one dammed rock that ain't got your name on it!" The story that gave Jimmie Durkin's his label "Man of his Word" was the Reverend E.H. Braden, pastor of the North Side Baptist Church's window display. The reverend criticized from his pulpit the current Durkin's window display which depicted Stuffed Crows for his Old Crow Whiskey. The reverend told his congregation that he would like to decorate those windows in a way that would display the true story of the evils of the liquor traffic. Jimmie read about the attack in the local newspaper and contacted the reverend and told him "you can use all of my windows for any liquor displays you want. You can use anything you want, advertise anything you want, and I will not interfere. Also I will pay for everything. You can depend on me, I'm a man of my word." Thus, the stage was set for what was probably the first and largest anti-liquor display to hit the Spokane area. Jimmie knew the free advertising would more than double his trade. Once it was all over and the pastor did realize the results of the advertising had caused an increase in business he remarked "Well, at least he is a man of his word." Durkin picked up on this famous remark, and used it as his motto from then on even going so far as having it inscribed on his tombstone.

I. NELSON'S / {circle} / OLD BOURBON / MAYSVILLE.K.Y

BIM 7 1/4" barrel-shaped whiskey in olive amber coloration. Sold on consignment by Reggie Lynch to the Mason County Museum in Maysville, KY. Here's a picture before it was cleaned.

I.W. HARPER / GAR (Grand Army Republic)

unique label under glass flask with cross-hatch pattern on back.

THE PALACE SALOON / S. J. CHILDERS / JASPER, ALA.

Clear strap-sided flask pint size.

Whiskey flask with label under glass picture commemorating the Spanish-American War.
Dan Donahoe, Mint Saloon, Marysville

Pumkinseed style flask from California gold mine town.

T.J. TAYLOR / MONTICELLO FLA.

Quart strap side flask in yellow citron (usually found in amber).

Louisville / Liquor House / 306 / Bennett Ave./ Cripple Creek, COL.

half pint coffin flask with embossing in circular slug plate. Cripple Creek was a gold mining town.

Harm's Bar / 200 / R.I. Ave. / El Reno, / Okla. Ter.

half pint whiskey from Oklahoma Territory.

MILLER'S EXTRA / E. MARTIN & Co / OLD BOURBON

Choice example of rare small circle Miller's in dark amber. Western whiskey from 1869-73.

D.H. HILLEN / monogram in center / BUSH & / DEVISADERO, STS. / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

Only two examples are known to exist. This bottle is so rare that the father of western whiskeys, R.E. Barnett states in his book on western whiskeys that he has "...never had one".

This example sold by Mike McNeil.

OLD CABIN HOME / JNO. P. HOUSLEY / LOUISVILLE, KY
Rare label-under-glass whiskey.
Hall, Luhrs & CoS, Snowflake Whiskey

Very Rare Applied Top Western Whiskey Cylinder Fifth embossed in a slugplate. This is one of the most popular western applied top slugplate whiskeys due to its name (snowflake) and rarity (only about 10 speciments known with only about 6 - 7 that are problem free). It dates from 1878 - 1885 period, and is a medium slightly reddish amber.

RETURN / TO / PHOENIX SALOON / HUCKES & AARON / PROPS. / NATCHITOCHES / LA.

Henry Hughes & Morris Aaron ran the Phoenix Saloon from the 1880�s until 1908 when Prohibition came early to Natchitoches. The old two-story saloon building, with a classic winding iron staircase to the rear veranda and the second floor, was located on the corner of Front & Horn Streets. The first floor housed a lobby, a segregated pair of barrooms, and the card room. The second floor was known as "The Phoenix Club Room" and served as a restaurant for customers desiring a good meal. The front of this historic building faced the Cane River, and this structure was originally built in the 1830�s by the Prudhomme family as a store. About 50 feet behind this building was a smaller structure for Beer & Whiskey storage. This strap-sided BIMAL flask stands 6-1/4" tall, and is unusually free of cracks or chips. The photo illustrates the bold and extensive slug plate embossing, with all of the desired information on this saloon partnership. Seller provided copies of (1) a 1973 letter from Hughes� son about the saloon, (2) the manuscript for an article which appeared in THE OLD BOTTLE MAGAZINE about 1976, and (3) the saloon building floor plan, drawn as it was being described to seller during a visit with Mr. Hughes.

Embossed "C.P.Moorman Only Manuf'r of J.H. Cutter Old Bourbon A.P.Hotaling & Co. sole agents S.F.".
Yellow olive amber color. circa 1870s.
Casper's Whiskey in cobalt blue CASPER'S WHISKEY / MADE BY HONEST NORTH CAROLINA PEOPLE

One of the few whisky bottles made in cobalt blue and definitely one of the most popular with collectors.

Jack Daniels W.T. & C.D. GUNTER / JACK DANIEL'S / NO. 7 / NO. 205 BROAD ST. / NASHVILLE, TENN.

Clear glass with amethyst tint, height 8 7/8", rectangular form, smooth base, tooled mouth.

In the early 1890's W.T. & C.D. Gunter became Jack Daniel's Sole sales agent in Nashville, Tenn. until the 'Bone Dry' law was passed in 1910.

Jack Daniels OLD TIME DISTILLERY / OLD NO. 7 / JACK DANIEL / LYNCHBURG, TENN.

Clear glass with a faint amethyst tint, height 9", cylindrical form, smooth base, tooled mouth.
Normally this bottle is found in the traditional one-fifth size (shown below).

Jacks Daniels OLD TIME / DISTILLERY / No. 7 / JACK DANIEL / DISTILLER / LYNCHBURG TENN

Authentic, hand blown, Jack Daniel whiskey bottle which dates between 1890 and 1910.
Smooth base with "B" on base. Clear glass, 10 7/8", fancy fluted neck and shoulder, square with rounded corners, tooled mouth.

Hewett Whiskey 11 1/2" label only clear whiskey with a super graphic label by George F.Hewett, Worcester,Mass. A doctor pictured in the label states, "I can prescribe nothing so good as". Probably pre-1900 and one of the best labels seen to date."
Owned by Dave Graci, Email: Stonebotle@aol.com


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