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I recently found a Half Gallon whiskey jug -- "C. Lacher", Vicksburg, Miss." This is a brown glazed jug with the information 'scratched' on. What I don't know is why the number "4" is etched on the label. I would appreciate any help. Please check out the photo. Mike
 

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Nice find. Sort of hard to see if the scratch has age to it. Normally the "4" would indicate gallon capacity. Compare to other 4 gal. jugs. If not up to size it might be a tourist souvenir repro. (Still will have a little value.) Lets hope its a real one.

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I recently found a Half Gallon whiskey jug -- "C. Lacher", Vicksburg, Miss." This is a brown glazed jug with the information 'scratched' on. What I don't know is why the number "4" is etched on the label. I would appreciate any help. Please check out the photo. Mike
Nice find. This is the only info I could find on Charles J Lacher. If it was a gal size jug, the 4 would make sense, 4 qts in a gal.
 

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The jug measures to be a Half Gallon. It has obvious age to it -- especially the bottom and a large chip at the base. There would be four pints in a half gallon ( two-quart jug ), but it is not usual to see a half gallon jug marked in this way. That said, I just now got up and checked, and found my other C. Lacher half gallon jug, which I have had for a long time, also has a '4' on the label -- I had just not noticed this before. This one is a cream colored jug with a printed label. SEE PHOTO.
 

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Nice find. Sort of hard to see if the scratch has age to it. Normally the "4" would indicate gallon capacity. Compare to other 4 gal. jugs. If not up to size it might be a tourist souvenir repro. (Still will have a little value.) Lets hope its a real one.

Welcome aboard Mississippi Mike. :)
I just found the 'reply' button. I had already posted another explanation and photo, so please scroll and find it.
 
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Nice find. This is the only info I could find on Charles J Lacher. If it was a gal size jug, the 4 would make sense, 4 qts in a gal.
I found a reference to C. Lacher in a jug book. See photos. Doesn't answer any of my questions, but the book info includes the number "4".
Nice find. This is the only info I could find on Charles J Lacher. If it was a gal size jug, the 4 would make sense, 4 qts in a gal.
I did find a reference to "C. Lacher" in a 'jug book. See photos. Didn't answer my question though.
 

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All due respect to Mr. Lacher, his great jugs,(I believe yours are original.) but putting a 4 on a one gallon jug--I am shocked :eek:. Its a good thing TR didn't find out about it. No doubt practices like this lead to that 1912 federal law requiring the capacity be placed on bottles in ounces. "Bully!";)
 

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I found a reference to C. Lacher in a jug book. See photos. Doesn't answer any of my questions, but the book info includes the number "4".

I did find a reference to "C. Lacher" in a 'jug book. See photos. Didn't answer my question though.
Wow.....Vicksburg sure had a lot of jugs.
 

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