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Object Name Bottle
Catalog Number 1987.17a
Maker J.W. Dant Distillery
Date 1916-1931
Material(s) Glass/Paper/Ink/Cork/Tin
Dimensions H-8.5 W-4 D-1.875 inches
Description This is a pint bottle of J.W. Dant Whiskey with its original stopper and contents intact. The machine-made pint liquor flask glass bottle features the phrase "FULL PINT" inscribed on the front shoulder of the bottle, and the words "BOTTLED AT / DISTILLERY NO. 17 / LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY" are incised on the back shoulder of the bottle. The tin cover on the cork seal is intact with the words "TEAR DOWN" pressed into the pull tab on top. The green and white paper seal on the front states that the whiskey was made in Spring 1916 and was bottled in Spring 1931. There is red text at the top of the label that is printed vertically: "DISTILLERY BONDED / WAREHOUSE NO. 17 / DISTRICT OF KY." The label on the back has red text that is printed vertically: "THE DANT DISTILLERY / Distillery No. 169, Kentucky / 2339432-18." There are two labels on the front side of the bottle. There is a narrow red label with a rounded top and straight bottom that has a brown border and brown text: "15 / YEARS OLD / WHEN BOTTLED." The large square label the compromises a majority of the front side of the bottle has a white background with a thin gold border. The company name is printed in blue with gold edges, and the rest of the text is printed in red, gold and blue. The front reads, "J.W. Dant / GENUINE OLD KENTUCKY / SOUR MASH / WHISKEY / BOTTLED IN BOND / The Dant Distillery Co. Dant, Ky." The back side of the bottle has a prescription label from the Fricke-Hahn Drug Co during Prohibition. The prescription is as follows: "Serial No. Rx 55 Proof 100 / Kind and Quantity Whiskey-One Pint / For P.F. Baker / Dr. Carlos L. Munson / Directions: USE AS DIRECTED / No. E-169675 Date Dec-18-31 / FRICKE-HAHN DRUG CO. / 1647 North 19th Street / ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI." The bottom of the bottle is inscribed "FULL PINT."

Notes During prohibition, access to whiskey was legally available only by prescription. The donor's husband, Perry Francis Baker, was the foreman of a box factory in St. Louis and handled frequent accident cases. His contact and good relations with local doctors insured that he could obtain as much whiskey as he required.
Collection Alma Baker Collection
People J.W. Dant Distillery
Baker, Perry Francis
Subjects Alcoholic beverage industry
Alcoholic beverages
Distilling industries
Liquor industry
Search Terms Marion County (Ky.)
Louisville (Ky.)
St. Louis (Mo.)
Distilling industries
Distilling Industry
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS