Dating antique whiskey bottles

Bottle label designs can change over the years and advertising will always depict what the label looked like at that time so consumers could go out and get that exact bottle. if you’re looking for some other great whiskey bottle dating resources give these a peek.

You can basically use advertising as a visual history of label changes.

The 19th century produced few whiskey bottles compared to the 20th century.

For most of the century Bourbon and Rye whiskeys were sold by the distiller in the barrel.

With the rise in price comes a rise in counterfeit bottles placed on the market by unscrupulous people.

The best defense against fraud is to be educated on what a real bottle from that era looks like.

If the UPC code is missing you can move the estimated date of the bottle back to at least pre-1985.

If it reads: “This bottle has been filled and stamped under the provisions of sections 50 Internal Revenue Code.” then it’s pre-August 1959 because in August of 1959 the sections it refers to changed to 52.

Most strips of this type were only produced for a few years at best, as manufacturers soon realized that most of their consumers had never dealt with any “refilled” bottles, as was so common to find prior to the 1940’s.

For nearly 100 Years the use of a Federal tax strip over the cap/cork of a bottle ensured that the bottle’s contents were genuine.

Whether you’re trying to date a bottle of bourbon or determine the relative age of a dusty bottle of Scotch the process for US bottles is pretty much the same; it’s a matter of looking at clues and narrowing down possibilities.

Kind of like playing a game of Clue, except with booze.

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