Rare "Old Fiddle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey" Bottle - 11" TallThis figural amber glass bottle is a vintage piece dating from the late 1930's. It was manufactured by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company for distribution by the Bardstown Distillery in Kentucky . This exquisite, violin-shaped bottle would have originally contained bourbon whiskey.
Though several companies produced violin figural bottles during this time, the ones for Bardstown were the only ones designed and used for alcohol distribution.
An embossed message printed on the reverse of the bottle reads "Federal Law Forbids Sale or Re-Use Of This Bottle". This generic statement was printed on liquor bottles for nearly thirty years following the end of Prohibition. Bardstown Distillery marketed their violin-shaped bourbon bottles with a focus on Stephen Foster, a Kentucky songwriter renowned for his American folk songs such as "Oh! Susanna", "Beautiful Dreamer", and "Camptown Races".
This historic viobot, a common term used to shorten 'violin bottle', has an attractive, gracefully curved violin shape and translucent glass with a rich amber tint. The glass is in very good condition.
T are some imperfections along the reverse resulting from superficial air bubbles in the mold, but these minor blemishes only serve as testaments to the antiquity of this attractive figural.
T is a foreign, ash-like substance add to the interior of the bottle as well, but it is fairly minimal and does not detract from the unique beauty of this vintage violin bottle. A very small "5" is printed along the base and likely refers to the mold used to make the bottle. The bottom of the bottle is embossed "DES.PAT. 107353 64 D202 40" and has the diamond-shaped O-I trademark immediately below.
The front of the bottle has raised reliefs representing the fingerboard, strings and tail piece of the violin. The large raised oval on the front originally would have had a label add, but due to the fragility of the label and age of the bottle, all traces have been lost. Of the four corked bottle sizes produced for Bardstown, this beauty is the tallest and widest, measuring 11" tall, 4 3/4" wide and 2 1/2" deep.
Whether you are an experienced violin bottle enthusiast looking to add to your collection or just an individual searching for a unique vintage bottle, this beautiful violin figural is perfect for you! This vintage violin bottle is sure to turn heads and spark conversations! It could be used as a candle holder, bud vase, or unique focal piece within any home decor design.
Don't let this timeless violin bottle enrich another's collection!
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