While embossing and labeling were a common practice in the rest of the
wold for a number of centuries, American bottle manufacturers did not
adopt the inscription process until 1869. These inscriptions included
information about the contents, manufacturer, distributor, slogans, or
other messages advertising the product. Raised lettering on verious
bottles was produced with a plate mold, sometimes called a "slug plate",
which was fitted inside the casting mold. This plate created a sunken
area and has resulted in these bottles being special value to
collectors. Irregularities such as a misspelled name add to the value of
the bottle, as will any name embossed with hand etching or other method
of crude grinding. These bottles are very old, collectible, and
Inscription and embossing customs came to an end with production of
machinemade bottles (1903) and the introduction of paper labels. In
1933, with the repeal of prohibition, the distilling of whiskey, and
other spirits was resumed under new strict government regulations. One
of the major regulations was that the following statement was required
to be embossed on all bottles containing alcohol: FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS
SALE OR RE-SALE OF THIS BOTTLE.This regulation was in effect until 1964
and is an excellent method of dating spirits from 1933 to 1964.
#2 F.H.L. KIEL I had a story told to me about this bottle let me now if the story is wronge. This bottle could of been a gift for a seaman by the German Navy in the time of 1918. The cross is a "IRON CROSS" a
order for honest soldiers. The letters are the initials of the man.
KIEL is a harbor and it was also a war harbor in the first world war.
#1 FORTUNE BROS, BREWING CO. A.G. BURKE ACT. CHICAGO
#2 PROPERTY OF CITY BREWING CO. CHICAGO
This is just one bottle that I am showing both sides. It is very
interesting. One side is in RUSSIAN and the other side is in GERMAN.
Story goes, A German Man built a Brewery on Russian Land. So The bottle
is in both. Russian and German. 1846