Anybody know anything about this one? Friend of mine picked it up at an estate sale for five bucks. Told him I feel like he did good at that price. Has a tooled top, about 8 in. h. overall, the barrel end (front) is about 6 in. in diameter, and it's probably 3 in. deep. Embossed "FIRE COPPER DISTILLED / SOUR MASH / TRADE / OLD OAKEN BUCKET / MARK / PURE RYE / OLD OAKEN BUCKET DISTILLERY / KENTON CO. KY." Other than the milky inside haze, it's mint. [attachment=oaken.JPG] [attachment=oaken1.JPG] [attachment=oaken2.JPG]
Sand Chip It is fantastic and you didn't say a word about the bottom or show a picture. But if it has an open pontil mark it is a good $60 buck bottle. Tell ue about the bottom. I have a write up for newbie bottle collectors = to know how to identify a hand blown bottle. If you want a copy - email me at <firstname.lastname@example.org> You could also learn a litle from reading my home page sh9wn bellow. I have been collecting and working in the bottle making world for about 77 years - and spend a lot of time trying to help answers peoples questions. I have read over a hundred books after I retired to try and learn more about the hand blown bottles that were made.RED Matthews
For all I know or care that could be a modern fantasy piece but I don't think it is, almost positive it isn't in fact.. $5 is a deal and I'd have have bought it too. Wicked nice!!!I have seen one posted here before though so it's not one of a kind.
It has a smooth base, way too late for the pontil. Looks 1890-1900 to me. Eric, the wording does have that fantasy ring to it, but it is old. I wouldn't think that it would be that rare, either. Sho' do miss Surf. Wish that he had done some type of tutorial on search techniques before he left us behind.
Well, I ran into the guy the other day at an estate sale. He mentioned something about not having a print of one of many paintings by a local artist. I told him that I had one and he could have it. I was never that crazy about it personally. I didn't expect anything in return and actually had forgotten about this bottle. He stopped by this morning to pick up the picture and gave me the bottle in exchange. I was glad to get it but still don't know anything about it. Has anybody learned anything to share about it in the past couple of years?
Finally decided to get that pesky inside haze cleaned, and wow, what a difference it made. Really pops on the shelf now! The fellow out west who did such a great job cleaning it said that in his 50 years of collecting hadn't seen another either. Of course now, they'll be coming out of the woodwork, who cares? I still love it!