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Ok - the yard sale queen here! Bought this bottle, nice and cheap! Has "Est 1788" embossed over most of the bottle, also has "Federal Law Forbids Sale or Re-use of this Bottle" embossed on one side. There are no other labels. The bottom has the number 33410126, Made in the U.S.A. and 5 4 55. There is, what looks like the glass manufacturers mark, but I can't find it anywhere, looks like a big T with a small letter either side. I have searched and searched, thought it may be a whiskey bottle, Jim Beam started in 1788, but can't find any connection. It stands 7 1/2" high and  holds 1/2 pint, and the screw cap is plastic. Any help will be gratefully received.

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Hello,

I keep this site in my bookmarks and have found it to be of help in determining an age range to start researching.

http://www.bottlebooks.com/Dating%20Old%20Bottles/dating_bottles_by...

With this piece however, I'm wondering if it might have been a decorative piece made in the 1970's when colonial decor was popular at the time of the bi-centennial. 

Here is a larger size bottle with the same type of markings...

http://www.bottlebooks.com/questions/Oct2004/october_2004_questions...

you will need to scroll down some to find the pics and description.

http://www.webidz.com/auction_details.php?auction_id=2315204&op...

There was a colonial revival decorating period in the 50's as well and looks as though it may date to then. 

On Ebay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-COLLECTIBLE-BOTTLE-MARKED-1788-MADE...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-DARK-AMBER-LIQUOR-BOTTLE-EMBOSSED-1...

thank you so very much, I have seen so many bottles these past couple of days, I was going CRAZY! Thank you again

I found a few of these bottles on my property when cleaning. They are Carstairs Whiskey Pints from the 50's. You can find them on e-bay selling for around $10-12.

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