Old Dimple Bottle
Alan - Honestly, I'm not sure what market that would have gone to...due to
the low number of representations for this bottle form, I'd say that it was not
marketed very long.
Knowing that prohibition was in full effect in the US (also the Depression), I
would have to exclude the US, though Canada had ended thiers by 1925.
***Odd thought occured to me: "Bootlegging" was a term used for smuggling
alcohol, by placing the bottle in your boot (or strapped to one's leg) as a
means of transportation. This bottle's shape would have been easier to hide
than the traditional Pinch shaped bottle :-)
FYI: Giuseppe should be in Scottland right about now, probably going to the
Bohams Auction this week in Edinburgh, so this would be an excellant time to
meet up him if you get a chance...Perhaps he might know a bit more about
this bottle's marketing.
Your point on the "colored water" is quite valid, but honestly I would not be
too surprized to find that it is actual Scotch...Differances in content color &
the effect of the glass on such might have been an important enough area
of concern to justify using actual Scotch to see how this would look on a
store's shelf...Just a thought! (What would your mother have thought, is she
had gotten it home only to find that is was indeed colored water :-)
I'm glad I could be of some service here...You have a very interesting bottle,
and this has more than appealing to investigate! (Glad that Giuseppe got into
contact with you also.)
A final point I should make on this bottle, and something I had not given
much consideration to, has to do with the weight specification of "26 1/2
ounces" which BLENDERM noted earlier.
I did a bit more digging and find the same weight listed on several bottles:
White Horse (HMK)
Dewar's Ne Plus Ultra
All date to the 1920 & 1930's, (most are Spring-Caps) and the Old Parr notes
further that this is "SIX average ONE BRITISH IMPERIAL GALLON".
Might be something to look into with additional bottles for further research.
Walter C Hurst