HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR BOOZ
Digger Odell Publications ©2007
One of the most famous reproductions is the E. G. Booz Bottle. The original is scarce and not easily told from one of the early reproductions. In 1931, the Clevenger Brothers Glass works made a "fake" Booz bottle. This early repro differs slightly from the original.
1) The Clevenger Repro has no period after the "Y" in Whiskey on the right side looking at the back. Some originals may be missing the period because of a dirty mold or an under blown example.
2) The Whitney Booz lacks the period following the word "Whiskey" on the roof.
3) The Clevenger Booz and Whitney Booz bottles have a diagonal mold seam running to a circular depression on the central base.
4) The Original Booz was made only in amber. Clevenger made sapphire blue and emerald green Booz bottles sometime in the 1960s. Other colors reported include Jersey green, colonial blue, vaseline, amethyst, and ruby red. Other glass houses used the Clevenger mold as well into the 1960s.
E.G. BOOZ BOTTLE
"E. G. Booz's Old Cabin Whiskey" was made for one Edmund G. Booz by the Whitney Glass Works of Glassboro, New Jersey around 1860. It is thought that the 1840 date refers to the age of the whiskey in the bottle. At his death, Booz had 25 cases of Cabin Whiskey in stock, valued at six dollars a case or fifty cents per bottle. That the Booz bottle was continued after his death is suggested by an example with a stopper inscribed with an 1875 date.
EMBOSSING ON AN ORIGINAL:
Front Roof: "E.G. BOOZ'S / OLD CABIN / WHISKEY"
Left Side: "120 WALNUT ST (there are two periods under the "T")/ PHILADELPHIA" (as you look at the front)
Back Roof: "1840"
Left Side: "E.G. BOOZ'S / OLD CABIN / WHISKEY" (as you look at the back) (period after WHISKEY on the side)
The Mckearin's list three Booz bottles in their book "American Glass"
1) GVII-3 Old Cabin Whiskey bottle with gable roof (straight roof line). Amber
2) GVII-4 has a beveled roof line. apparently the glass company had difficulty with the peak of the roof breaking at the corners so the bottle was redesigned. Amber
3) GVII-5 Same as the GVII-4 except with a short neck and round band collar rather than a tapered collar. Known in pale green or aqua
All three are believed to be blown from the same mold. For the latter two the roof corners were filled in. The Mckearns noted GVII-3 and 4 in shades of green.
Key points to note to authenticate an original:
1) Door latch is perfectly centered and in the shape of a full lying down "S" (obverse)
2) On the Roof, the "S" is centered directly below the "C" in Cabin (obverse roof)
3) The periods in E. G. are not even with the bases of the letters.(obverse roof)
4) "K" in Whiskey the top fork is wider than the bottom fork (obverse right)
5) The base of the "G" in E.G. BOOZ'S is closed on the original open on the repros.
6) Beveled Roof varieties the cut at the ends of the roof only go into the first row of shingles.
7) There is a small flaw in a shingle on the Reverse roof of all Clevenger mold varieties in the first full shingle from the left of the third row of shingles. It looks like a small star in the top right quarter of the shingle. Some Clevenger bottles have a pontil scar..None of the originals do.
Other Booz Bottles
Armstrong Cork Company of Millville, New Jersey also produced a bottle to hold "E. G. Booz Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey" The bottle was amber with a paper label. Both roofs have E.G. BOOZ and then 1840 appearing directly below it. Obverse has "Federal Law Forbids sale or re-use of this bottle" circa 1950-1960. See picture below.
Wheaton Glass Company, Millville, New Jersey. Many have "Nuline N.J.", on the base. Others have "Wheaton". Lettering is indistinct on these bottles. Circa 1960-1970.
Italian Reproduction imported by the Crownford China Company of New York, New York. Roof cut goes into the second row of shingles. Lettering better detailed than the Clevenger. The surface of some letters is flat rather than rounded. The base is embossed "BOOZE BOTTLE". Circa 1960s.
Milk Glass Reproduction. Origin unknown. Smaller than the original letters look almost hand drawn. Roof cut goes into the second row of shingles. Obverse roof has 13 shingles compared to 12 on an original. One source I used indicated that Clevenger did indeed make a milkglass example.
Much of the Research material used in this article appeared
in an article in Antique Bottle and Glass Collector
Magazine, "The Booz Bottle Real VS. Repro" © by Thomas C. Haunton. Used by permission. Mr. Haunton also provided more up
to date corrections on identifying both originals and reproductions.
Update August 2002. Here are some photos of an Old Mr. Boston Booze Repro probably from the 1960-1970 era.