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    Posted 6 years ago

    rniederman
    (325 items)

    Believe it or not, this is a bourbon decanter! It was acquired last March at the same time we purchased the three Jim Beam decanters (posted here on CW). If you didn’t know better, it could be mistaken for a very fine porcelain statue of a frontiersman’s encounter with a bear. Actually, it’s something you would expect to see as a bronze sculpture.

    The composition and quality of the artistic rendering of a tense encounter in the wilderness is remarkable and something not seen in decanters. I’ve been unable to find information about this particular decanter but no matter, it’s a stunning piece.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Yes, amazing. I can't believe that this piece is undocumented!!
    2. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Michael
      BB2
    3. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, racer4four! ... Agreed that it's a surprise this decanter is undocumented. The seller (specialist in whiskey decanters) told me this was very rare and the only one he had ever seen. In reality, there must be others.

      Hi nutsabotas6, thanks for the 'love.' Oddly, pouring is from the bottom! Really strange, no? It's amazing something like this survived.
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      That is COOL !!!!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Thomas!
    6. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Manikin!
    7. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 years ago
      rniederman, would you check this post of mine and give your opinion on the approach I should follow to restore it? http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/95151-1930s-giant-baby-rolleiflex-4x4-promoti?in=user
    8. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Beautiful piece, love the original label on the back.
    9. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Efesgirl
      nutsabotas6
      inky
      AdeleC
      fortapache
    10. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      David
      vetraio50
      aura
      pops52
    11. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Celiene
      ho2cultcha
      mcheconi
    12. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Phil!
    13. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Nicefice!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, martika!
    15. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      so love the sculpture on this bourbon decanter with the details are exquisite !!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    17. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, filmnet!
    18. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Radegunder!
    19. sakura2, 5 years ago
      Hi there,,,, I have one! I just bought it for $15.00. I could not resist the incredible detail and workmanship in a decanter? I have scoured all over ,,,, cannot find anything about it,,,, I wonder if this has real gold? I did take it to a jeweler and he said he would have to do an invasive test and still may not be able to really tell me.
    20. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Hi sakura2 ... you got a really good deal. The gold could be 24k but I don't know. FWIW, some of the really early Jim Beam decanters had 22k gold and were marked as such for example, refer to this decanter that specifically tells the gold content: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/191135-jim-beam-bourbon-decanter-part-3--roy?in=collection-5177 Thanks. - Rob
    21. sakura2, 5 years ago
      Hi Rob,

      Yes, I agree that it should specifically be marked as gold. It is such an amazing piece of art. Would you have any guess as to the metal content and year it was crafted? I wish we could find out more information.....

      Thank you,
      Florence
    22. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Hi Florence (sakura2) ... I've tried researching the Hoffman Distillery (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky); information is scarce and vague. What I did learn is that Hoffman was bought out in 1983. My best guess is that our decanters probably date to the 1970s to early '80s.

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