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Old Taylor Bonded, 4/5qt, 1915-1919

This bottle is particularly interesting for its remarkable resemblance to the current bottles of Old Taylor, right down to the tube it was packaged in.

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Old Taylor Bonded, 1915-1919

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O.F.C. Rebottled Medicinal, Bonded, 1916-1926

This is a bottle that was likely originally packaged as a medicinal pint, but later was rebottled in regular bourbon garb. The giveaway is the do not refill warning on the glass, which didn’t begin until after prohibition.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded Medicinal Pint, 1917-1930

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American Medicinal Spirits Special Old Reserve, pint, 1917-1932

Photos courtesy of MaltMartin.

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Old Taylor Medicinal Bonded, pint, 1917-1933

This is a pint sold at a drug store during prohibition. These bottles came in cardboard boxes to make them more presentable at the pharmacy. 

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Old Taylor Medicinal Pint, Bonded 1916-1933

Photos courtesy of Glenn Riven

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Medicinal Pint, 1917-1934

Distilled in Louisville by Richard E. Wathen.
Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Seagram’s Pedigree Straight Bourbon, Canada, 8yr 100pf, 1934

Today bourbon is required to be produced in USA to be called bourbon, but it wasn’t always so.
Photos courtesy of Glenn Riven

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Churchill Bourbon, Bonded 5yr Pint, 1936-1941


Interesting text on the rear label regarding an Old Grand Dad connection.

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Bonded Beam, quart, 1938-1943

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Weller Special Reserve Bonded, 1936-1943

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I.W. Harper Bottled In Bond, 4/5qt, 1940-1944

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Masterpiece Bonded 7 1/2yr, 4/5qt, 1936-1944

A private-label Stitzel-Weller bourbon bottled for a grocer in Kansas City.

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Bonded Beam, pint, 1941-1945

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Old Log Cabin Bourbon, 1945

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Old Crow Bonded Bourbon, 4/5qt, 1941-1946

Photos courtesy of Kurt Suda

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I.W. Harper Bottled in Bond 5yr, 1941-1946

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Old Taylor Bonded, 4/5qt, 1947

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, 4/5qt, 1940-1947

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1941-1949

This is the earliest Very Old Fitzgerald I’ve seen. I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has seen an earlier one.

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Glenmore Kentucky Tavern Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1949

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I.W. Harper Bottled In Bond, 4/5qt, 1959-1964

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded Diamond Decanter, 1947-1951

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Old Weller Original 5yr 106pf, 4/5qt – 1951

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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I.W. Harper Bonded Decanter, 1946-1951

Photos courtesy of Josh Pippy

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21 Brands Bonded, Old Joe Distillery, 1945-1952

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 1948-1952

Photos courtesy of Don Wallace

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Rare Old Fitzgerald, Bonded 1947-1952

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Hill and Hill Bourbon, 4yr 86pf, 1954

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded Decanter, 1948-1954

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Club Bourbon 7yr, 93pf, Stitzel Weller, 4/5qt, 1954

Bottled for the Pacific-Union Club on Nob Hill in San Franciso.
Photos courtesy of Thomas Oakes

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Glenmore Old Kentucky Tavern 8yr, 4/5qt, 1955

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Henry McKenna, 4/5qt, Early 1970s

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Four Roses Yellow Label 86pf, 1955

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, 4/5qt, 1948-1955

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Hotel Muehlebach 13 Year Bourbon, 13yr 100pf, ~1955

This is essentially a 13yr Very Old Fitzgerald bottled by Stitzel Weller for Hotel Muehlebach in Kansas City, MO.

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Four Roses Blend of Straight Bourbons, 1956

The reason this is called a “blend of straight bourbon whiskeys” is that Seagrams had multiple distilleries, in different states. If it was all distilled in one state it could simply be labeled straight bourbon whiskey, but I imagine this had some bourbon distilled in Kentucky and also some distilled in Indiana, so by regulation it had to be called a blend of straights.

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Old Forester Sputnik Decanter, Bonded, 4/5qt, 1952-1957

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Wild Turkey 8yr, 4/5qt, Brooklyn, 1957

Wild Turkey 8 year, 101 proof was the staple of the line for decades. Unlike many brands, Wild Turkey kept the age statement and higher proof for a long time, which led to its perception of high quality. The ages started to drop in the 1990s, and the proofs have only recently started to go down.

Shortly after this bottling, the label changed from stating “Brooklyn – New York” to “New York, NY.”

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1950-1958

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Old Taylor 86pf, 4/5qt, 1958

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Fall Springs Bourbon, 7yr 80pf, 1958

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1950-1958

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1950-1958, Half Pint

Shown in the last photo with its big brother from the same year

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Old Taylor Bonded, 4/5qt, 1954-1958

Photos courtesy of John K.

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Cabin Still 5yr, 91pf, 4/5qt, 1958

Photos courtesy of Randall Borkus

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, Half Pint, 1953-1959

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Conrad’s 1874 Brand, 4yr 86pf, 1959

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I.W. Harper Bonded Hewitt Decanter, 4/5qt, 1954-1959

Photos courtesy of mimmotron.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, Pint, 1953-1959

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 4/5qt, 1960

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I.W. Harper Bottled in Bond Decanter, 4/5qt, 1955-1960

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Very Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1950-1960

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J.W. Dant 12yr 86pf

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 86pf Export, 1960

Although bottles sold in the US that were labeled as bonded had to be 100 proof, that wasn’t the case for bottles sold in other countries.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, Half Gallon, 1954-1960

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Old Fitzgerald 6yr Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1954-1960

This is the same bottle featured in this great video on the design process of a decanter.
Photos courtesy of Jason Girard.

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1952-1960

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Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1949-1961

This is an early 12-year. At this point they hadn’t made the distinction between Very Old, Very Xtra Old, and Very Very old Fitzgerald. The earliest 12-year I’ve seen was a 1948-1960, one year before this bottle. Also, note the red tax strip. Even though this bottle is 100 proof, it couldn’t be marked as bonded because the bottled-in-bond period maxed out at 8 years until the law was changed in 1962.

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1956-1961

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Old Grand Dad Bonded, Pint, 1957-1961

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1961

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Very Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1951-1961

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Old Taylor 4yr, 86pf Decanter, 4/5qt, 1962

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I.W. Harper Bottled In Bond, 1/2 gal, 1957-1962

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Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1950-1962

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt,1958-1962

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Old Fitzgerald Fleur-de-Lis Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1956-1962

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Weller Antique Reserve 10yr 110pf, 1962

Photos courtesy of Zac Pencikowski

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Bourbon De Luxe 86pf, Export, ~1962

Photos courtesy of Mimmotron.

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Weller Antique Reserve 10yr 110pf, 1962 – Leo “Roundy” Coughlin

Labeled for “Roundy” Coughlin, a noted Wisconsin sports journalist from the 1940s-1960s.

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1957-1963

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Henry McKenna 6yr 86pf, 4/5qt, 1963

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Old Fitzgerald Tournament Decanter, 4/5qt, 1957-1963

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Yellowstone Bottled in Bond, Pint, 1963

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Old Fitzgerald Tournament Decanter, 4/5qt, 1956-1963

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1955-1963

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1958-1964

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Old Grand Dad Bottled In Bond, 4/5qt, 1959-1964

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, 4/5qt, 1958-1964

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Hill and Hill Blended, 1964

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Old Crow 86pf, 4/5qt, 1964

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1952-1964

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Weller Special Reserve 8yr Bonded, 1956-1964

An excellent example of a bottle that is rarely seen these days. Photos courtesy of Eli Spitzner.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, 4/5qt, 1958-1964

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard.

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Old Weller Original 7yr 107pf, 4/5qt – 1964

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 4/5qt, 1954-1964

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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Old Fitzgerald “Tree of Life” Bonded Decanter, 1958-1964

Photos courtesy of Darren McGowen

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Old Taylor Decanter, 86pf 4/5qt, ~1964

Photos courtesy of mimmotron

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1953-1965

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Cabin Still 90pf, 4/5qt, 1965

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Wild Turkey 8yr, 4/5qt, New York, 1965

Wild Turkey 8 year, 101 proof was the staple of the line for decades. Unlike many brands, Wild Turkey kept the age statement and higher proof for a long time, which led to its perception of high quality. The ages started to drop in the 1990s, and the proofs have only recently started to go down.

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1959-1965

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Old Taylor 86pf decanter, 4/5qt, 1965

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 14yr, 1951-1965

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1957-1965

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 4/5qt, 1955-1965

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Old Crow Bonded, 1960-1965

Photos courtesy of Brian S. Mason

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1954-1966

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