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Posted 7 years ago


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A treasure my Granddad gave me a long time ago. Saved it from being thrown out! It is a bottle of Moscatel which is sealed with a lead seal. It is labeled over a bottle which appears to read "Old Crow". You can see the raised lettering underneath the label. It was purchased in Mexico, and has the tax stamp on it. It was brought over the border in 1929. No telling how old the original bottle is. It is full of liquor, no telling how old it is, or if it is still drinkable. So cool huh??
Would love to know more about it :)

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  1. studioplayer, 7 years ago
    Wondering about any history on this bottle. Would also be interested in it's value.
  2. aphonik, 4 years ago
    I can't tell you much but I can say that the embossed "Federal Law Forbids" statement dates this bottle to 1935 or after. Quoting from another website: "As of January 1st, 1935 all liquor sold in the United States was required to be in bottles that had that above statement embossed in the glass." The interesting thing to me is that this bottle clearly started its life as an Old Crow bourbon bottle and was later reused by the Mexican maker of this Moscatel Superior (I presume a dessert wine). I don't know if it was routine for foreign liquor manufacturers to reuse American bottles but I guess I would not be surprised.

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