Whiskey Collectibles

Early 1900's Whiskey Tin Serving Trays, Ceramic and Stoneware Jugs

Early 1900’s Whiskey Tin Serving Trays, Ceramic and Stoneware Jugs

Historic whiskey collectibles are often lithographic tin signs and metal trays. Stoneware and ceramic jugs were another common way whiskey was advertised. Small companies manufactured the jugs and also sold their whiskey products to taverns and saloons. In addition, whiskey was sold to individual consumers who would take the jugs home for their own enjoyment.

Henry P. Schroeder’s Whiskey Self Framed Tin Sign Circa 1900

Henry P. Schroeder’s Whiskey Self Framed Tin Sign Circa 1900

The jugs used in homes were smaller in size, ranging from one half-gallon to a full gallon. Larger jugs contained two to five gallons of whiskey and those were sold to retail establishments. Many jugs displayed a specific address on them for the business but many others just showed the city of their origin.  Some of the addresses on whiskey jugs were from the distiller’s private residence because the whiskey was made in their own home. Those jugs tend to be rare and therefore more valuable.

Saloons would occasionally provide a sample of whiskey in mini jugs with the tavern’s name on it as gifts to patrons. These mini jugs are very hard to find and highly collectible.

While whiskey signs and trays were not as plentiful as beer or soda signs and trays, they are still sought after whiskey collectibles. The tin signs and trays were colorful lithographs and often featured people enjoying the brand.

Whiskey Popularity and Manufacturers

In the early 1800’s, whiskey was the preferred drink because water was not always safe due to shallow wells, it looked murky and tasted bad.  Since it was processed with alcohol many people thought whiskey could be healthful and invigorating.  Quite a few doctors even wrote prescriptions for whiskey to treat conditions ranging from the common cold, fever, headaches, and snake bites.

Jack Daniels Whiskey Tin Sign

Jack Daniels Whiskey Tin Sign

Whiskey Stoneware Collectibles

Whiskey Stoneware Collectibles

Whiskey remained the main drink in the United States until the mid-1800’s when the wave of German immigrants came over and brought with them their tradition of making beer which was cheaper to make and less costly to purchase.  While most of the whiskey manufacturers originated in the Kentucky region, there were many distillers throughout the United States.

Some of the larger whiskey manufacturer’s such as Jack Daniels had sites all over but ended up consolidating their businesses back in the Kentucky area. Jack Daniels Whiskey is known for its square bottle but before 1870 the more rare ones were the original earthen jugs and the bottles that were oval or pear-shaped and featured patriotic emblems or U.S. presidents.

 

 

White Lily Pure Rye, Whiskey Jug KT&K Pottery, OH

WHITE LILY PURE RYE WHISKEY PORCELAIN DECANTER, KT&K POTTERY

Beautiful Whiskey Decanter from the White Lily Brand. This porcelain china jug was made by the KT&K Pottery works which was based in Ohio.

J.& G Scotch Fine Old Scotch Whiskey Syrup Dispenser

J & G STEWART’S FINE SCOTCH WHISKEY GLASS DISPENSER, Circa 1900

This is a beautiful painted enamel glass decanter from the J&G Stewart’s Scotch Whiskey.

Rose Valley Whiskey Tray, Sam Grabfelder Co., Louisville KY

ROSE VALLEY WHISKEY SERVING TRAY, SAM GRABFELDER CO, LOUISVILLE, KY. Circa 1905

Castalla Club Rye Self Framed Tin Sign

CASTALLA CLUB RYE SELF FRAMED TIN SIGN, Circa 1910

Jos. E. Pepper Distillery, Lexington, KY., Old Pepper Whiskey Serving Tray. Circa 1910

JOS. E. PEPPER DISTILLING CO., LEXINGTON, KY. OLD PEPPER BRAND SERVING TRAY. Circa 1910

Illustrated is a fabulous tin serving tray from the Old Pepper Whiskey brand, made by Joseph E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. The scene shows a revolutionary war scene.

Buffalo Distilling Co., Buffalo, N.Y. Golden Grain Whiskey, Tin Sign. Circa 1900

GOLDEN GRAIN WHISKEY TIN SIGN, BUFFALO DISTILLING CO., BUFFALO, N.Y. Circa 1900

Pictured is a beautiful tin sign from the Buffalo Distilling Company in New York for the Golden Grain Whiskey brand. The image features a nude woman reaching for a bottle of whiskey.

Paul Jones Whiskey Co,, Louisville, KY. Rolled Edge Tin Sign, The Temptation of St Anthony. Circa 1905

PAUL JONES WHISKEY CO., LOUISVILLE, KY. ROLLED EDGE SIGN. Circa 1905

Featured is a beautiful rolled or curled edge sign from the Paul Jones Whiskey Distillery company which was in Louisville, Kentucky, prior to Prohibition in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Weideman-Holmes Co., Pride of Kentucky Whiskey, Cleveland, OH. Gesso Framed Sign

PRIDE OF KENTUCKY WHISKEY, WEIDEMAN-HOLMES CO., CLEVELAND, OH. Circa 1900

Guckenheimer Pure Rye Whiskey ROG Sign, Pittsburgh, PA. Circa 1900

GUCKENHEIMER PURE RYE WHISKEY, REVERSE ON GLASS SIGN, PITTSBURGH, PA. Circa 1900

Sloman's Diamond Wedding Whiskey Tin Sign

VICTORIAN BEAUTY AND THE DIAMOND WEDDING SHINE, 1910!