Vintage Amber Glass BV Bardstown Violin Viobot Bottle

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  • Item Category: Glass
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 29, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
Vintage Amber Glass BV Bardstown Violin Viobot Bottle

Rare "Old Fiddle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey" Bottle - 11" Tall

This 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,
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