Antique Jim Beam Whisky Bottles
Antique Jim Beam Whisky Bottles are original glass bottles used by the bourbon distilliery Jim Beam.
Brief history and description
Jim Beam whiskey has become one of the most popular and best-selling bourbon whiskeys in the entire world, and the origins of the Jim Beam brand dates all the way back to 1795.
Jim Beam whiskey is produced in Clermont, Kentucky, and the Beam family has been involved in the company's whiskey production for the past seven generations. The brand was officially named "Jim Beam" in 1933 after James B. Beam, a family member who took over the business after the end of America's alcohol Prohibition in 1933.
Some of the many products produced by Jim Beam include the Jim Beam Green label, the Jim Beam Black label (a product which was awarded a Double Gold rating at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2009), the Jim Beam Yellow label (a rye whiskey), Jim Beam and Cola, Jim Beam and Ginger Ale, Jim Beam Devil's Cut, and many more.
Notable Antique Jim Beam whiskey bottle auction sales
Christie's in London sold a lot of nine antique whiskey bottles including one porcelain Beam's Choice Charles I straight Kentucky James "Jim" Beam bourbon decanter bottle and another porcelain Beam's Choice Charles I Kentucky straight James "Jim Beam" decanter bottle, along with an American Revolution Bicentennial straight Kentucky bourbon bottle (from the 1976 Early Times Distlling Co.), and six 10-year-old Eagle Rare Kentucky straight bourbon bottles (all of which are from the Old Prentice Distillery) for £437 in October of 2010.
Christie's in London sold two antique Jim Beam whiskey bottles along with seven Seagram's VO whiskey bottles, three Canadian Club bottles, two Schenley 8-year-old Canadian whiskey bottles, four Wild Turkey 8-year-old whiskey bottles (of 50.5 volume; two with low levels), four Old Grandad Kentucky straight bourbon bottles, three Jack Daniels black label whiskey bottles, one Jack Daniels green label whiskey bottle, two I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon bottles, one 20-year-old 50.5 volume Kentucky Gentleman bottle, two 7-year-old Old Hickory bottles, one Bellows Club bourbon bottle, two Early Times Kentucky Straight Bourbone bottles and two four-year-old Kentucky Gentleman bottles for £633 in October of 2010.
Bonham's in New York sold three antique Jim Beam whiskey bottles along an Evan Williams Bottle and a Four Roses bottle for $298 in December of 2011.
Guide for collectors
Antique Jim Beam whiskey bottles that were once signed by a Jim Beam whiskey employee drive up the value of the item. If the Jim Beam whiskey bottle features any damage (such as cracks or chips), the value of the whiskey bottle will decrease as a result. Because of this, an antique Jim Beam whiskey bottle that is in good condition is considered to be extremely rare among collectors.
As opposed to popular belief, full antique Jim Beam whiskey bottles do not sell for more than empty antique Jim Beam whiskey bottles.
Restoration of a Jim Beam whiskey bottle is not recommended.
For more information regarding antique Jim Beam whiskey bottles, visit Jim Beam's official website, Beam Around the World, the Tri-City Arizona Jim Beam Club or the Jim Beam Club.