Maker’s Mark neon signs

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2015-06-26 10:38:17

Maker’s Mark neon signs are vintage neon signs designed to advertise Maker’s Mark bourbon whisky.

Background and Description

Marker’s Mark is a small batch bourbon whisky distilled in Loretto, Kentucky. Bottles are a distinctive shape and sealed with red wax.

Neon signs produced to advertise Maker’s Mark are now extremely rare and collectible. Some state just the name of the whisky with the Maker’s Mark ‘S IV’ logo, representing year IV of Samuel’s generation at the distillery, with star representing the Star Hill Family Farm, and a circle broken three times representing the three times that production stopped – prohibition and the two world wars.

Other Maker’s Mark neon signs have the name plus an image of a bottle pouring into a glass with ice. These were manufactured by Fallon Luminous Products in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA.

Neon signs were probably produced to order for specific bars and shops, so there are very few of them for sale.

Collecting Maker’s Mark neon signs

These items are very rare, and quite niche. As such they appeal to collectors of vintage neon signs, particularly ones designed for advertising liquor.

They occasionally come up at auction and on auction sites such as eBay, or if lucky in a clearance sale when a bar or shop closes down.

These neon signs are more valuable if they are still in working order.

Value

Signs are sold and advertised on the internet for $100 if not in good working order, $250-$350 otherwise.

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