Posted 2 years ago
A Goodwill score today simply because it appealed to me and was kinda cheap, also because it looked kinda old. [and anyone that even slightly follows my usual posts around here would already know I've got a fondness for 'booze branded barware' anyways, no matter what exact sorta thing...? <lol>]
This is a smallish off-white glazed ceramic pitcher, roughly 7"h x 6"w overall. It is decorated on both sides with the "WALKER'S DeLuxe BOURBON AGED 8 YEARS" logo with a thin oval border plus accents to its top rim, spout, and handle, all in gold/gilt. It is uniformly sorta 'crazed', and has a "WADE REGICOR, ENGLAND" maker's mark on its underside as well as the HIRAM WALKER & SONS INC. legalese statement likely required to have been also appended to any odd thing with a 'booze brand name' on it of its era, which I'm guessing (only) is late 1960's or so.
What DID turn out to be a fun sorta-accidental surprise once I got it home and looked a little closer about what it is/might be -- turns out WALKER'S DeLuxe BOURBON was bottled at a plant in Peoria, Illinois up until its closing sometime in the (early?) 1980's, when further manufacture of the product (if any, and in whatever current form?) got moved somewhere Canadian along with other Hiram Walker products. Since I myself grew up nearby the Peoria area (ironically also starting to 'move away' in the early 80's) it suddenly made sense why that brand name seemed kinda familiar to me somehow, anyway...??? <lol>