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Catalog Number 2017.012.024
Description Kennel Club Whiskey Bottle, c. 1890-1902. Big amber circular whiskey bottle with an embossed ring in the neck just below the tapered lip of the bottle. In the middle of the bottle, imprinted in a circle with medium lettering and bold, the text reads "KENNEL CLUB / SAN FRANCISCO. CAL . " In the middle of the imprinted text, is the insignia for Kennel Club which has an engraved "F" on top of an engraved "R", which is underneath an engraved and stretched "C", with a small "O" towards the end of the "C". On the bottom of the bottle, imprinted in small lettering and bold, the text reads "32 / H". Bottle appears to be empty with the exception of a few air bubbles.
Object Name Bottle, Spirits
Collection 3D - Food Service Tools & Equipment
Title Kennel Club Whiskey Bottle, c. 1890-1902
Date c. 1890-1902
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "KENNEL CLUB / SAN FRANCISCO. CAL ." (imprinted in a circle with medium lettering and bold in the middle of the bottle with an insignia for Kennel Club in the middle of the imprinted text which has an imprinted "F" on top of an engraved "R", which is underneath an engraved and stretched "C", with a small "O" towards the end of the "C")
Provenance Part of donation that included 6 cases of beer and whiskey bottles dating from 1850 through the 1890s. These are the type of bottles that would have been present in San Mateo County during that time period.
Notes "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. A few retailers offered bottled whiskey to customers but the majority of the consumers furnished their own bottle, flask or jug and had it filled from the barrel. It is not until the 1880s that machine blown glass bottles were developed, making it profitable for distillers to bottle their own product. These first machine blown bottles used two piece molds similar to those used to make decorative flasks. These bottles had a seam that ran up the neck of the bottle. Unfortunately, this made the neck a weak point in the glass and the bottles with long necks tended to break easily. In the 1890s a three piece mold was developed with the neck being the third piece. The seam in the glass runs up to the shoulder of the bottle and disappears... Hand blown bottles will have be less uniform than machine blown bottles, unless they were blown into a mold. The mold seams are clues as to when machine mold bottles were made. The bottle itself will tend to have air bubbles in the glass. There is also a wide variation on the glass color from clear to amber, to violet to smoky grey, to olive green..." [http://www.gobourbon.com/dating-old-whiskey-bottles-from-the-19th-century/ 5/24/2017]
Dimensions H-11.5 W-3 D-0.125 inches
Search Terms Alcohol
Bottles
San Francisco
Whiskey
Subjects Alcoholic beverages
Bars
Bottles
Whiskey