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Found bottle while tearing down barn marked dunbar’s since 1857

Chagavset

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I found this bottle in the aftermath of our barn being torn down, I can’t seem to find anything close to it anywhere, the only marking in the bottle are “dunbar’s since 1857” on the front and “IBC” on the bottom and it has a strange cap. The barn was built somewhere between 1900-1920
 

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embe

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Well, it probably isn't older than 1857 (lol) but it does seem to have some age. Nice find, and a cool one
 

CanadianBottles

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Looks about right for that era of barn, I'd date it to the 1910s. I've seen caps like that before but I'm not sure what the point of them was. They only seem to show up on liquor bottles. Can't tell you anything about Dunbar's unfortunately.
 

treeguyfred

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I found this bottle in the aftermath of our barn being torn down, I can’t seem to find anything close to it anywhere, the only marking in the bottle are “dunbar’s since 1857” on the front and “IBC” on the bottom and it has a strange cap. The barn was built somewhere between 1900-1920
Hello and welcome to the Antique-Bottles.net. Thanks for posting the pics and the story... It's always a huge kick to find something when doing demolition or rehabbing a place! Kinda nifty bottle, interesting top closure. Does the cork push in and spring back or does the cap come of?
I think the mark on bottom and the style of manufacture indicates that the bottle was crafted in the UK. for Dunbar.
~Fred
 

willong

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Might be other products with the same name, but Dunbar's was a brand of Scotch Whisky.

A later interpretation hailing from Uruguay is marketed as "Dunbar Whisky" without the apostrophe. It really should be be "Dunbar Whiskey" as only genuine Scotch should be spelled without the "e" added.

Here's a blurb from their website: " Rare Old Whisky Dunbar was born in Uruguay in 1981 being an ambassador for the Seagram’s Distillery, founded in 1857, with the mission to promote the core values of the Scottish distillery, based on integrity, craftsmanship and tradition. "

Given the reference to "Seagram’s Distillery, founded in 1857" it's a fair bet that your bottle once contained Dunbar's Scotch.

Here's a link to a 1933 bottling at auction: https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lo...pecial-liqueur-15-year-old-scotsh-whisky-1933

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Note the "Since 1857" in upper left of label.
 

willong

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It's no mistake. It's a direct quote from the Uruguayan company's website. See here: https://www.whisky.com.uy/en/marcas-de-whisky/whisky-dunbar/

That's why I made the point about "Dunbar" vs "Dunbar's" (notice the lack of an apostrophe) in the name together with the fraudulent spelling of "Whisky." (If it's not produced in Scotland, it might be a malt whiskey, but it is neither "whisky" nor "Scotch" similar to how not all sparkling wines are Champagne.)

Such deceptive marketing, even if far away from the country and supposed marketing area of the original product, really pisses me off. Reminds me of being served "Yugo Cola" on two different occasions in Yugoslavia in 1964--the first time I asked for a "Coke," the second time I specifically asked for "Coca Cola" yet received the same inferior product--just a small example of why communism sucks.
 
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