Dating j b bottles
But it isn’t just the liquor inside that I would want in any case. Someday, I’ll have a good place to display them all. And as I still have no tastebuds for tasting, I’ll be breaking this up into a few posts until I get them back, and then I’ll throw one in here or there as well just to keep things interesting.
But for now, I love discovering the stories behind these bottles or memorabilia. Picked up at an antique mall in Southern Minnesota.
Pretty cool and it was well worth the to me since it’ll look very nice on the shelf once I get it cleaned up.
Picked up at an antique mall in Southern Minnesota.
Due to the sheer number of these bottles, I didn’t really have to do any dating on these myself.
There are quite a few pages that detail the history of the company and their bottles including a history of the company by Cecil Munsey, a site where the Society of Historical Archaeology details their bottles as an example on a “How-to-date-your-bottle” page (it’s about halfway down), has a company history and a lot of examples of company bottles and advertisements, has another illustrated history, and there is even the page of a Hayner museum in Troy, OH that I totally plan to visit if I am ever in the area.
Evidence of a more refined mold continues on the neck where the flutes end in nice crisp rounded edges. Paul Distillers.” The flutes just sort of fade out and the typefaces on both the body and the base have no flourishes.
The first bottle reads “Hayner Whiskey Distillery Troy, Ohio.”The second bottle reads “The Hayner Distilling Co. The second bottle does have a cork still stuck in the neck so I’m going to assume that both of these used a cork closure.
Even though these are both likely to be mouth blown bottles, one looks as if it had a much more refined mold used to create it as the type on both the body and the base is crisp with more flourishes.Discover a little about who made them and when they did it. So here’s the thing, the type of antique stores I favor can’t always be trusted to tell you the age of the thing you are buying.Not that they are lying or anything, but often they just don’t tell you.Obviously this was, at some point, filled with Old Quaker – a brand owned by Schenley for many years.
(Schenley being one of the companies that went on to be acquired by companies that merged to become Diageo.) But at what point was is filed with Old Quaker? Looking at the front of the bottle, you get your first clue as to the age of this bottle.
Knowing that the Old Quaker brand was around both pre- and post-Prohibition means that at best I have something quite old and at worst I have something a little older than me.