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Title Amber Glass Armstrong Flask
Object Name Bottle
Date 1938
Description Amber glass whisky flask. Bottle is a dandy flask - shaped like a rounded rectangal, with sloping shoulders and rounded sides. Bottle was machine-made, and has mold lines running up both sides of the bottle and over the finish. Bottle body is embossed with a leather-like texture pattern and the stamp "EST 1788" all over the body of the bottle. Front of bottle has a large rectangular flat area for a label. Back of bottle has a small round flat area for a label, and the embossed words "Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle" and "One Pint". Bottle has an external thread finish, intended for use with a plastic or metal screw-top lid (now absent). Base of bottle is embossed with "MADE IN THE U.S.A/D 126/8/12 61/Armstrong". The A in Armstrong is surrounded by a circle.

Any bottles produced for alcoholic beverages in the USA between the years of 1935 and 1964 were required by law to have the language "Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle" embossed on the bottle itself. This was intended to prevent illegal manufacturers from using standard-looking bottles to ship their product, thus making it easier to spot and seize illegal alcohol.
Credit line White River Valley Museum Collection, Gift of Scott Gibbons.
Catalog Number 2012.0024.002