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Bottle: log cabin

Object Number: 
1953.370
Date: 
1860-1880
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 3/4 x 4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 19.7 x 10.2 x 7 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on roof: "E.G. BOOZ'S / OLD CABIN / WHISKEY" and "(1840)" in relief: on sides: "E.G. BOOZ'S / OLD CABIN / WHISKEY." and "120 WALNUT ST / PHILADELPHIA"
Description: 
Amber non-lead glass log cabin bottle blown in a multi-part mold (McKearin GVII-3) with down-tooled lip; inscriptions "E.G. BOOZ'S OLD CABIN WHISKEY" and "(1840)" on gabled roof, "E.G. BOOZ'S OLD CABIN WHISKEY" and "120 WALNUT ST PHILADELPHIA" on sides; base with large circular depression.
Gallery Label: 
This bottle, one of many examples of mold-blown glass in the Society's collection, was made for Edmund G. Booz by the Whitney Glass Works of Glassboro, New Jersey, around 1860. It is thought that the 1840 date refers to the age of the whiskey in the bottle. At his death, Booz had twenty-five cases of Cabin Whiskey in stock, valued at six dollars a case or fifty cents per bottle. The bottle pattern continued to be used after his death, and was reproduced into the twentieth century by the Clevenger Brothers Glass Works. Although the word "booze" was in use by the eighteenth century, a theory persists that these bottles helped popularize the term.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Clarence G. Michalis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group