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06-12-2009, 01:02 PM
I was looking through my bottles and found one that I thought had a lot of embossed writing - 92 characters. Was wondering if anyone could beat that?? Thnks.....Ron

Juniper Berry Gin
A Diuretic for Kidney Trouble
Juniper Berry Gin
Bottled by
Quinine Whiskey Co.
Louisville, Ky

RED Matthews
06-12-2009, 01:37 PM
Hi ktbi; That is an interesting question. In the Thatcher Central Mold we had three decal pantographs and about nine bench hands; all capable of cutting letters. They were more modern bottles of course and I don't think there were any with that much lettering.
I have been collecting illustrations of hand cut lettering, and have written some about the tools that they used. In fact I have a set of about 20 or more letter cutting chisels. I expect to put together a blog for my homepage on this subject, sometime next winter. The reverse letters are always fascinating - because the letters have to be cut reverse in the molds - to come out readable on the glass. N & S are the main culprits of the subconscious mold makers mental relaxation.
Thanks for your survey. RED Matthews

06-12-2009, 02:15 PM
First thing that came to my mind were the Reese poison bottles - they have an extraordinary amount of embossing. I don't have one right now, or I would start counting!


06-12-2009, 02:17 PM
Here's a link to a thread with pics of a Reese poison....



06-12-2009, 03:02 PM
Maybe not the most exciting bottle in the world, but 152 characters, not including punctuation..[;)]


06-12-2009, 11:20 PM
I have a newer (1970s) commemorative bottle from the Star City Glass Works of Coventry, RI that I believe lists every employee's name. I'll have to dig it out of the attic!

06-17-2009, 10:26 PM
How about a "Thompson's Higiea Wild Cherry Phosphates" med, ...from Chicago?....Anyone able to help out w/ an image?...These bottles usually have an amazing amount of embossing on the back. I have one but it's just got the cross on the front and the trade name...

06-17-2009, 10:46 PM
This is the only pic I could find,...does not show the text very well...


06-17-2009, 11:44 PM
Cyberdigger - I forgot about the Citrate...I checked mine and it has 152 characters as well...that's tops so far....a bottle that heavily embossed must have been a mold makers nightmare.....thnks....Ron

07-27-2009, 01:11 PM
Here are the pics of my two most embossed bottles, I don't have them on hand, but there's def. more than 150 characters on each.
Star City Glass Works, embossed on both sides:

I Goldberg whiskey, some sides have 3 lines of embossing

07-27-2009, 01:36 PM
I have one that is only 2 ¾” tall but it has 81 characters. Balsam of life. There is only a small section on the sides of the bottle that is not embossed.


07-27-2009, 08:16 PM
Anybody seen a whiskey bottle that is completely covered with the words "Lincoln Hotel"?? Also I think there's a pic of old abe or somebody on a horse in front of a building.. going on faded memories here..[>:]