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1925 Prohibition FULL Bourbon bottle Boone's Knoll

mastertonh

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Dec 2, 2008
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Hi kids,
Thought you'd like to see this little treasure I was handed to research today. No mysteries, (not like the green demijohn over in the pre-1800's whatisit). Digger O'Dell says something similar auctioned in the $300 USD range...any questions or input from anybody while I still have my hands on it before it gets posted for sale? (Sometimes people like to see more photos or somethin' for their research...)
All my photos at this link:
http://picasaweb.google.com/mastertonh18/1925BooneSKnollBourbonFULLBottle?feat=directlink
Thank you,
Heather

 

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dollarbill

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Distilled 1915 bottled 1925 aged 10 years .Whats it say on the back .Does it have a prescription label . That would have had to been a whiskey kept for prescription use .I. Nelson was a distiller in Mason Co.Kentucky in the early 1800s wonder if theres any connection .
bill
 

mastertonh

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Dec 2, 2008
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Digger O'Dell wrote a great piece (copyright 2004) about bottles of this group; the distillery was owned by E.J. Curley, later swallowed up by the American Medicinal Spirits Company - they bought up a lot of labels including Old Crow and Jim Beam.
 

welddigger

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Hereford,PA.
Was wondering why it is worth $ 300+?? The bottle it self is common, so I guess it is the prohibition label that claims it is a medicine that makes it valuable??? The other question is that appears to be a tax stamp around the top. If it is did the goverment let it slide and tax it as a medicine or is that just a fake on it to please law biding citizens??? either way it is cool and very intereresting!!!
 

mastertonh

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Dec 2, 2008
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My understanding is that the value is in the fact that there is still liquor in it, and it is sealed - you're right , there are lots of these bottle about. The alcohol was only supposed to be sold with a prescription; the paper prescriptions themselves are pretty widely found on the web as paper items. The tax stamp is also to show that it was not illegally produced (shows that the alcohol was made when it was legal to do so, pre-1919), and bottled later under the proper authority.
 

cyberdigger

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Nov 29, 2008
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NJ
I say this is a great little piece of history, demonstrating how during prohibition, people were gonna get their drinks one way or another.. I don't have any idea how many specimens like this are still out there, but $300 for this one doesn't seem far fetched..
 

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