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Object Name Bottle
Common Name Bottle, whiskey
Catalog Number 2001.45
Maker W.H. Head Distilling Company
Date 1925
Material(s) Glass; paper; cork; whiskey
Dimensions H-8.5 W-4 D-1.75 inches
Description This is a bottle of William Berkele Sour Mash Whiskey with the original box. The brown glass pint flask is a machine molded body and mouth. There is a black/white paper label on the front and back. The front label has a drawing of a barrel on its side. It is inscribed "Wm Berkele / Sour Mash / Whiskey / BOTTLED IN BOND." The green tax stamp is intact on the top of the gold tinplate and cork cap. The contents of bottle are intact. The white cardboard box has the same label as bottle printed on front. Above and below this is the image of a manicured tree.
Notes John Carter Stewart of Louisville was a shareholder in the General Warehouse Company in the 1920s. General Warehouse bottled this W.H. Head Distillery product in 1925, during the heart of Prohibition (hence the "medicinal purposes only" on the label.) Stewart received the bottle as either a dividend or during disolution of the company. Stewart's daughter, Margaret, married the donor, Martin Schmidt.
Collection Martin F. Schmidt Collection
People W.H. Head Distilling Company
Stewart, John Carter
Berkele, William
Subjects Whiskey
Prohibition
Distilleries
Distilling industries
Search Terms Louisville (Ky.)
Kentucky
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS