I need some vintage whiskey knowledge
First off I love whiskey. I'm far from a connoisseur but I've learned enough to know life is too short for cheap booze. So, I ran across a guy selling some old full, half full and empty bottles of various alcohol on Craigslist. I was intruiged by one bottle in particular. I bought the entire lot pretty cheap and I'll make a few bucks but I have something I can't identify. This has only happened a few times in all the years I've been dealing in antiques and collectibles. I have no idea what this bottle of whiskey is worth, I can't find any online and my local guys who should know can't help. It's a mini bottle of "Silver Pitcher Whiskey". It says "Bottled and sold by J.M. Davis Sole proprietor, Minneapolis, MN". Now I did find info on JM Davis and it puts the bottle pre 1915. The label is fully intact and someone wrote on it in pencil. It's hard to make out much of it but it looks like a persons name, Duluth, MN and clearly 1901. I usually put zero stock in anything written as a true sign of dating. However, the writing is appropriately aged with the label. The label itself is in great condition and with what I have been able to figure out, I'd guess late 1800's to very early 1900's is completely accurate. It has a cork in it that is broken off and flush with the top. The bottle is about 1/4 full. I guess that makes me an optimist. My questions are: Does anyone out there have the same or similar bottle? What are the chances this is a one of a kind considering it still has some whiskey in it? Can anyone put an accurate value on it? If I can't find these answers here, can anyone point me to someone who can? Thanks in advance.