Thursday, September 10, 2009


Cutters have always been some of my favorites, but I have parted with most of them over the years. However, with all the blogging recently about Cutters, makes me wish I had many of them back now! The only "bottled by" that I kept was this one with most of the label in tact. How about some bloggers posting more Cutters with labels, J.H and J.F.'s. I know that they are out there in collections, most probably being found many years ago. I know Richard has some, probably Mike D., and surely others! Look forward to seeing some.


  1. Thanks for sharing the photo of your labeled "Bottled By", Dennis. I think the labeled examples are cool and wouldnt mind having some around. I was told years ago that the labeled side was actually the front of the bottle, and that's how they were displayed on store shelves. Since labels were cheap and easy to make or copy, embossing was added as a prevention against competitors trying to pirate each other's brands.
    The whiskey museum in Redding has the most labeled examples I've seen. We need to get up there and photograph all of them to post here!

  2. Dennis;
    Many thanks for the label photos of the labeled Cutter! I personally love the paper.

    Many years ago I realized, while digging in Nevada annually during the late spring / early summer, that the mortality rate of paper labels was infinitely greater than the bottles. We dug a number of later camps that dated just post turn of the century with dumps in sandy, well drained, soils. The hundreds of crown top beers, slick whiskies, foods etc. that came out of the ground had legible labels; legible only until they dried out and blew away in the next puff of hot dessert wind a few minutes later.

    It was then that I began to make an effort to add honest labeled western whiskies to my ever growing revolving collection. At this time, there are a tad over five dozen gracing the shelves. Sadly, only four are glops; with only two being both embossed and labeled. I'll create a new thread in order to post them in the next week or so since you asked.

    Recently, a killer flask was found wrapped in wicker. The new owner "read between the lines" spotted embossing beneath the wrapping, and decided to sacrifice the wicker. Inside was a perfectly preserved, labeled and embossed example of a top western flask. Not many of those survive with labels intact after being buried for a century and change...

    Bottom line; glass is a stronger survivor than paper. And the older the glass is, the better the odds are that it will outlive the paper that was pasted on it.

    See ya all at D'ville this weekend~

    'Till next week.


  3. I give this bottle much respect ! What do the labeled examples usually sell for ?

  4. Ky Gem.... What was the embossing on the wicker flask? How about the 'brand' on the label??

  5. I have a very nice example of the (most common) J. F. Cutter, with a perfect label, a red diamond shaped (star & shield) on the neck, part of the original foil seal and the cork. I bought it 25 years ago for $2 or $3 dollars. Talk about no respect. I'm sure it's not worth too much today, but I've always loved that bottle


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