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An unknown version of the Booz bottle--the bottle shaped like a cabin--was recently discovered at a Philadelphia auction. It sold with another bottle for $2. The bottle has an internal threaded neck. The collector who bought the bottle realized it was unusual, had it repaired, and found an appropriate stopper. At the moment, it is the only example of this bottle known. There is extra interest in any Booz bottle because some say the modern word "booze" (meaning an alcoholic drink) came about because of the bottle. Others doubt this. Booz bottles were made from 1840 to 1870 to hold Old Cabin Whiskey, made by distiller E.G. Booz of Philadelphia. The bottle has been reproduced more than 30 times and has confused many collectors. Repros sell for as little as $10; originals can sell for thousands.

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Photo: Collection of M. Jensen, photo by Austin Jensen, Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine



#1 Another Booz Bottleahtth0533 2013-07-18 17:35
My husband has almost the same bottle. The only differences are the detailed chimney and the 2 sides of the bottle. His has a plain chimney which is missing a cork. Both sides are smooth and plain. The front has the door and windows with the inscription, "FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE". The top has "E.G.BOOZ" with the date,"(1840)" under it. Both sides of the roof has this. I am 100% positive it is not a replica. My husbands aunt researched and collected everything pertaining to his ancestors. This is only one of the many items from that century. I can send upload a picture.

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