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#1 MikeandJack

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:18 PM

Here are a few items we recently acquired that belonged to Mr. Jack Daniel himself. They originated through Mr. Jess Motlow, Master Distiller #2, prior to the Jack Daniel Distillery being acquired by Brown-Forman in 1956. When Jess Motlow retired, he passed these items on to Mr. Lem Tolley, Master Distiller #3. When Mr. Tolley retired, knowing the historical significance of these items, he had them documented and gave them to the Distillery for their future archives. We acquired them from a family member of a former Distillery Executive.

The first item is Jack Daniel's "cup and stem" (hydrometer). It was used to accurately determine proof of spirits. It was patented on October 16, 1866. It was bought by Jack Daniel and calibrated by the Internal Revenue Department in 1885.

The first picture is Mr. Lant Wood sampling the whiskey in the late 1940's or early 1950's. This hydrometer is sitting on the barrel.

The rest of the pictures are of the hydrometer itself.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:31 PM

holy crap Mike! :o   that is an awesome addition to your wonderful collection.   WOW and documented too. great thought from the past distillers.



#3 MikeandJack

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:32 PM

The next item is Jack Daniel's cask gauge made of brass and wood. This device is a sliding caliper and depth gauge used to determine the capacity of barrel content for tax purposes. The shaft is calibrated in inches. It was patented in 1870 and bears the brand of the Internal Revenue Service.

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#4 stanningtonglen

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:34 PM

:o  :o  :o  stunning find and knowing that Mr Jack personally used them,  well done :)  



#5 MikeandJack

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:37 PM

Can't prove it, and do not have the documentation, but was told this was the jug Jack Daniel used. It is a very early jug and came with these other items.

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#6 Ade

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:26 PM

I did wonder what the cask gauge was when we where over in Lynchburg. Saw it up on the wall and never did ask what it was.

Don't think I saw the jug?

Treasured items.

Thanks Mike.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:32 PM

what great historical items

they went to the right collection



#8 hodag2005

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:35 PM

I still can't believe you handle that glass....it scares me...lol. Beautiful additions to a spectacular collection. Loved seeing these items in person Mike. As long as you keep buying them, I can at least visit them once in a while!!

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 06:17 PM

Wow, they are some very important items. 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 06:43 PM

Amazing items and great documented! Awesome piece of history



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 06:56 PM

AWESOME !

 

you should open you home as a museum 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 08:52 PM

Awesome additions, just incredible the amazing items you have in your collection!!

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:35 PM

superbe item "cup and stem" (hydrometer). Mike you must be proud to acquire this item... :clap  :clap  :clap
 
for the Jug, beautiful Jug,  I've seen a similar jug, but not the same writing, Fantastic, (thumbup)  (thumbup)  (thumbup)
 
on your jug is : Old N°7
and on other jug is : OLD TIME DISTILLERY
 
here pic, look
 
 
 
 
 
 

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#14 MikeandJack

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:09 PM

I did wonder what the cask gauge was when we where over in Lynchburg. Saw it up on the wall and never did ask what it was.
Don't think I saw the jug?
Treasured items.
Thanks Mike.

Sorry Ade, the items were here. I thought we discussed them.
Apparently not. We must have been having fun doing other things!
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#15 MikeandJack

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:17 PM

superbe item "cup and stem" (hydrometer). Mike you must be proud to acquire this item... :clap  :clap  :clap
 
for the Jug, beautiful Jug,  I've seen a similar jug, but not the same writing, Fantastic, (thumbup)  (thumbup)  (thumbup)
 
on your jug is : Old N°7
and on other jug is : OLD TIME DISTILLERY
 
here pic, look


Different jugs & stencils Laurent.
According to the "Old Bottles and Jugs" book, the jug in your picture is from 1870-1875. It also says my jug is from 1890-1895 because "Old No. 7" did not appear until 1887.
I personally believe "Old No. 7" appeared before that, but just my opinion.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:45 PM

this is true for Mike dates,

your jug is beautiful, for sale Mike ???? lol, but i am interested 

 

your stencil is the same as my Jug UHL Evansville Indiana 3 gallon



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 03:43 AM

this is true for Mike dates,
your jug is beautiful, for sale Mike ???? lol, but i am interested 
 
your stencil is the same as my Jug UHL Evansville Indiana 3 gallon



Jug is not for sale Laurent, but thanks for the interest.
I have been looking for this jug a long time. Don't know why, but it has always been one of my favorites.
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Posted 01 December 2013 - 05:46 AM

Amazing items Mike, to actually have anything that Mr. Jack used himself is an absolute honour! Thank you for sharing ;)


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:02 AM

Thanks for sharing Mike.
Awesome items. Awesome history.

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:11 AM

Thanks for sharing. Mike. :)






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