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    Old Oaken Bucket

    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]
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    Re: Old Oaken Bucket

    That's a beautiful bottle, I don't know about value, but I'd say he got an amazing deal for $5.

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    Re: Old Oaken Bucket

    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 <bottlemysteries@yahoo.com> 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

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    Re: Old Oaken Bucket

    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.

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    Re: Old Oaken Bucket

    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.

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    Re: Old Oaken Bucket

    It cost $1 for a full quart in 1900 if this is the same one.

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    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?

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    Asked a very knowledgeable here in Ky, and he wasn't familiar with it. Probably a good'n.

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    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!

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