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By Michael Veach Photos by Justin Thompson There is a lot of interest in collecting old ‘dusty’ bottles of whiskey.
The 19th century produced few whiskey bottles compared to the 20th century.
For most of the century Bourbon and Rye whiskeys were sold by the distiller in the barrel.
A few retailers offered bottled whiskey to customers but the majority of the consumers furnished their own bottle, flask or jug and had it filled from the barrel.
It is not until the 1880s that machine blown glass bottles were developed, making it profitable for distillers to bottle their own product.
These first machine blown bottles used two piece molds similar to those used to make decorative flasks.