The Jack Daniel's back bar bottles
The oldest once are the Centennial bottle (1896), Gold Medal (1904)and the Maxwell house (1907). From the Gold Medal and the Maxwell they made a replica in the 70-ties and from the Centennial they have two different replica's.
This Decanter/bottle was produced in the late 50's and early 60's as a display only bottle, this information came from the Head of the Jack Daniel's Research Department: . It never contained any whiskey or had a stopper. It was made to distribute to stores or bars as a display only. He said they only produced maybe a thousand bottles or so and they were extremely rare and hard to find. (Thanks to Maurizio Zavarise, Italie, for sharing this information).
The bottle above is from my own collection and as you can see this one has got a 100 % perfect paint that is gold colored. On the picture below you see the bottle of my best friend, W. Cothran and the painting on this bottle is silver colored.
On the following pictures you see a third Centennial bottle, but this time no paint (!) but the words are embossed! Very rare bottle but I don't know if this was a bottle made by the Jack Daniel's Distillery.... Value of this bottle can be estimated at ... $ 900.00 ! The pictures are taken by my friend K.L.Jones, the three bottles you see are from his collection.
I took some extra shots of both bottles, the Centennial and the Bicentennial bottle to show you the differance. On the left is the Centennial bottle.
Here are close up pictures of all three Centennial bottles:
Notice the small changes of the neckband...
This 4/5 quart Jack Daniel bottle was originally part of a gift set in the late 50's to mid 60's. The set was in a nice walnut box that contained shotglasses and this enameled bottle, full of course. They made a couple variations of this bottle for the set that I know of. This one has the likeness of Jack himself enameled on the front with 4/5 quart embossed above it. The back is embossed Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow Prop. Inc., Lynchburg, Tenn.
Here are two pictures of a 1960's white lettered display bottle. These were display bottles for liquor stores and often came with a gray granite type statue to house them. Estimated value $250.00. One of these is on display at Jack Daniel's Saloon at Opryland Hotel in Nashville TN. (....Buddy.....isn't it a nice doggy....)
The Lynchburg Hardware and General store sold these Back bar bottles / decanters to the public.
Sold for only $ 12.00 and $ 10.00 INCL. the shipping cost!
This beautiful decanter was given to the employees at the Jack Daniel's distillery in 1996. It was never sold to the public. Very rare decanter