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bourbonNOOG
03-21-2011, 10:37
Just thought I'd share my excitement with the bourbon community. I just secured this antique Brown Forman sign for above my bourbon cabinet! There's really nothing more to say. I am eagerly awaiting it's arrival.

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/7607/brownformansign.jpg

CaptainQ
03-21-2011, 11:02
Nice find! That will look sharp above your bourbon stash.

SMOWK
03-21-2011, 11:30
Nice! I just purchased an old wooden street sign that said "KENTUCKY" to hang above my bunker. I now refer to the bunker as the Kentucky Portal.

squire
03-21-2011, 17:22
So whatta ya buyin the wife?

DAM
03-21-2011, 19:53
Is there a thread where people share photos of their bunkers/ cabinets/ bars etc.? I'd like to see some different set ups.

CorvallisCracker
03-21-2011, 19:57
Is there a thread where people share photos of their bunkers/ cabinets/ bars etc.? I'd like to see some different set ups.


I think the closest thing to that is Show Us Your Stash (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12897).

flintlock
03-21-2011, 20:49
That's sweet man, congrats.

bourbonNOOG
03-21-2011, 21:06
So whatta ya buyin the wife?

I offered to pay some of her bills. We're definitely even.

squire
03-21-2011, 22:48
That's the best way no doubt. Good find for such condition, who knows, she may even consider the addition as a theme and assist in finding more stuff.

bourbonNOOG
03-22-2011, 07:37
That's the best way no doubt. Good find for such condition, who knows, she may even consider the addition as a theme and assist in finding more stuff.

I wish. We have oddly different but similar taste. We both enjoy the simplicity of modern lines and less is more, but I also like things that have character. I came home with this awesome church pew for our entry way and at first she said "no way!". Now she loves it. She thought the sign was hideous at when I showed it to her, but she'll warm up to it eventually.

bourbonNOOG
03-22-2011, 07:40
That's sweet man, congrats.

Ryan, hopefully this is only a precursor to what our adventure on Saturday will yield.

jcg9779
03-22-2011, 07:56
Very cool, Adam!

CorvallisCracker
03-22-2011, 17:46
I think the closest thing to that is Show Us Your Stash (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12897).

Boy, did that ever open up the floodgates.

jcg9779
03-23-2011, 08:22
Boy, did that ever open up the floodgates.

haha Scott, you know those old threads need to be bumped back up every now and then or they are forgotten!

flintlock
03-23-2011, 15:09
I have never heard of Old Tucker. I wonder what happened to it? What was it like? High end/low end stuff?

bourbonNOOG
03-23-2011, 19:01
I wondered the exact same thing when I read the sign. I googles and found this:

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1928-old-tucker-whiskey-unopened-minaiture

And this:

http://www.pre-pro.com/midacore/view_vendor.php?vid=SDF11464

Looks like it was one of their many brand names throughout and after prohibition. It states, "brown secured one of only 10 federal permits that allowed whiskey to be distributed to druggists for medical purposes."

It was probably one of those off brands used during prohibition and cased out soon after to consolidate the product line.

flintlock
03-23-2011, 20:36
Cool.


The company used the brand names:
"Beech Fork", "Cloverdale", "Diamond Bluff", "Fox Mountain", "Gilded Age", "La Rue", "La Rue's Best", "Major Paul", "Major Paul's Widow", "Mason Rye", "Mc B", "O. S. K.", "Old Forester", "Old Forman", "Old Mason Rye", "Old Polk", "Old Tucker", "Old Webwood", "Russett", "Sidros Bourbon", "Tucker", "Tucker Rye", and "Widow Mc Bee."

Widow McBee is a great name.

Major Paul's Widow - somewhat less so. :skep:

bourbonNOOG
03-28-2011, 09:18
Update to the bourbon cabinet corner area. Picked up another sign from someone else that was created around the same period. Matches the previous find perfectly. It's also a 1880-1910 framed, hand painted glass advertising panel.

I took the previous one out of the beat up frame and am fashioning some "invisible" mounts out of small aluminum brackets to achieve a "floating" glass panel look when it's mounted on the wall. I'll do the same with the new piece on the opposite wall.

Just thought I'd share and see if anyone had any insight on the brand on the sign. The sign i'm assuming is from Lexington, as it states.

http://img861.imageshack.us/img861/3272/82592640.jpg

flintlock
03-28-2011, 09:36
Man that's cool - so much nicer than the ubiquitous Jim Beam signage.

From the pre-pro website:


James S Stoll & Sanford K Vannatta (Bloomington, IL) wholesaled "Old Elk" whiskey, which was being produced at their Commonwealth distillery (http://www.pre-pro.com/midacore/view_distillery.php?did=DST012) (RD #12, 7th Dist.) in KY. After the distillery was deeded to the Trust, James S Stoll continues wholesaling as Stoll & Co (http://www.pre-pro.com/midacore/view_vendor.php?vid=LEX17863).
The company used the brand names:
"Commonwealth", "Elk", "Elk Rye", and "The Acme."

Business name timeline:
Stoll, Vannatta & Co.

They don't mention Old Buck but apparently he had a thing for antlers. Pretty sure there is an Old Commonwealth, too, unsure of any connection.

squire
03-28-2011, 09:54
Adam for some reason I want to connect this whisky to the Old Buck Horn Saloon in San Antoino, TX, which is still open by the way, as they were successful enough to commission their own brands in 1880. Fanciful perhaps but I believe I was told something to that effect by one of the current owners.

bourbonNOOG
03-28-2011, 10:32
Keep the info comin guys. All very informative. I have no doubt there could have been a connection to the saloon. I'm just excited about hanging these things the hand painted craftsmanship and history intrigues me.

squire
03-28-2011, 11:07
The saloon is way cool on multi levels, literally, a large building that is three stories tall. The first floor could have been the saloon set for Lonesome Dove, they still have the original massive wooden bar, attached is the restaurant, and the second and third floors hold an incredible array of artifacts in the Buckhorn and Texas Ranger museums.

You step off the sidewalk through the original wooden doors, advance to the bar and order a drink while the kids (the place appeals to children of all ages) begin running up the stairs headed to their favorite displays. You can follow with your drink if you like or stay there and wait for them to get hungry enough to come down for lunch.