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“Sincerely, Elvis '77” music box decanter

Say the name “Elvis,” and millions of us old enough to personally remember him and his music will immediately smile and say, “Ah, yes, the King.” And King he was, from the time he burst forth in the mid-'50s, mesmerizing his ever-increasing crowds of screaming, adoring fans, until his untimely death on August 16, 1977. More than thirty years later, the legend still continues and Elvis memorabilia is eagerly sought after by collectors worldwide, not only those of us who ourselves have become “oldies but goodies” -- how’d THAT happen?? -- but generations of younger fans who never had the extraordinary experience of seeing him in person and must rely on grainy black-and-white film clips to see his infamous appearance on Ed Sullivan’s TV show where the cameras weren’t allowed to film him below his waist! Parents of the time were utterly scandalized by those undulating hips! No wonder he was called “Elvis the Pelvis” as well as “the King of Rock-’n’-Roll!”

This “Sincerely, Elvis '77” music box decanter is the first in the Elvis series produced in 1977 by McCormick Distillery. He wears a '70s-style highly decorated white jumpsuit with bell-bottom pants and stand-up open collar, with a long blue scarf draped around his neck. Having had the privilege of seeing one of his never-to-be-forgotten performances at the Las Vegas Hilton in the summer of 1973, I can assure you that Elvis did indeed perform in incredible white jumpsuits like this one, and at some point late in the concert he would rip off the scarf (a red one the night I saw him), mop his brow with it, and then throw it into the audience, nearly starting a riot!

This beautiful porcelain music box decanter is 7-3/4" tall. A 6-3/8" tall Elvis, holding a microphone in his right hand and gesturing with his left, stands in front of an amplifier on a sloping 2-3/4" x
2-3/4" brown “wood-grained” base holding the music box mechanism that plays “Love Me Tender.” The wind-up key is on the bottom and the on-off lever is on the back. Base front says “Sincerely, Elvis '77” and base back carries the original gold sticker saying “McCormick Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 86 proof, Distilled and Bottled by McCormick Distilling Co., Weston, MO.” Base bottom carries a second original gold sticker saying “Container Made In Japan.”

This decanter is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, or cracks, and the music box plays perfectly. The Federal tax seal is unbroken, although the decanter no longer contains any alcoholic content, and thus can legally be shipped anywhere within the United States. Please read Ol’ Swaphos’ discussion on the myth of the full decanters.

Comes in its original box with its original Styrofoam padding. The box has several rips and scuffs and the lower back portions of both the Styrofoam padding and the box look like they’ve been eaten away by mice. (Too bad the previous owner(s) didn’t have Ol’ Swaphos’ tips for preventing this kind of damage.) Box front has a clear plastic window through which you can see the decanter. One side of the box has a long biography of Elvis and the other lists all his gold records, gold albums, and platinum albums. Box back contains sketches of the second and third decanters in the Elvis series. Lid says “McCormick brings you A Portrait of Elvis,” above which is an eagle and banner saying “Americana Porcelain by McCormick.”

The ultimate gift for the ultimate Elvis fan! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $75.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

 

 

1996 Crown Royal American Turf Race glass

This is a 1996 Crown Royal American Turf Race glass that is the exact same size as Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses, being 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. The American Turf Race is a Grade III stakes grass race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds held each year in Louisville, KY the day before the Derby and immediately prior to the running of the Kentucky Oaks. Crown Royal has sponsored the American Turf Race since 1995 and the Festival in the Field (a 2-day event in the Churchill Downs infield on the Thursday and Friday preceding the Derby) since 1997. This glass has a frosted midsection. The front depicts a race horse and jockey done in purple and yellow (purple being Crown Royal’s signature color) in front of the Churchill Downs clubhouse done in red, white, and green. Says “Crown Royal American Turf, May 5, 1996, Churchill Downs.” Back says “Previous Winner 1995 Unanimous Vote.” Glass is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. Perfect gift for the horse racing enthusiast or Crown Royal collector! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 plus s/h

** SOLD **

 

1997 Crown Royal American Turf Race glass

This is a 1997 Crown Royal American Turf Race glass that is the exact same size as Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses, being 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. The American Turf Race is a Grade III stakes turf race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds held each year in Louisville, KY the day before the Derby and immediately prior to the running of the Kentucky Oaks. Crown Royal has sponsored the American Turf Race since 1995 and the Festival in the Field (a 2-day event in the Churchill Downs infield on the Thursday and Friday preceding the Derby) since 1997. This glass has a frosted midsection. The front depicts a race horse (black and white) and jockey (red silks and cap) superimposed on a deep purple (the Crown Royal color) block with the Churchill Downs spires (green and white) behind and the words “Crown Royal American Turf, May 2, 1997, Churchill Downs” below. Back lists the Crown Royal American Turf winners from 1995 (Unanimous Vote) and 1996 (Broadway Beau). Glass is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. Perfect gift for the horse racing enthusiast or Crown Royal collector! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 plus s/h

** SOLD **

 

Ezra Brooks Horseshoe Club decanter

This is an Ezra Brooks Horseshoe Club decanter shaped like – what else? – an upside down horseshoe. The crosspiece on both the front and back says “Horseshoe Club, Reno.” Two original stickers on the front. The one on the horseshoe says “Genuine Heritage China, Hand Decorated with 24 Karat Gold.” The one on the bottom says “Ezra Brooks, 90 proof, 4/5 quart, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Bottled by Ezra Brooks Distilling Co., Frankfort, KY.” The stopper is the left top of the horseshoe and contains the remnants of the original U.S. Internal Revenue liquor stamp strip, which extends down the bottle side. Since the bottle is empty, of course the stamp strip was slit in order to gain access to its contents, but we have made no attempt to clean up or remove the portion of the strip that remains. 10-1/2" tall x 7" wide x 3-1/2" deep. Bottom says “Heritage China © 1970, RH-4, Ezra Brooks”. Both the decanter and the stopper are in excellent condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h and insurance

 

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Ezra Brooks pistol decanter

This is an Ezra Brooks dueling pistol decanter and stand ca. 1969 that measures 14" long x 3-1/2" wide x 8" tall. The decanter is painted in gunmetal gray, brown, and gold, and some of the paint has worn away over the years, giving added character to this nearly 40 year old display piece. Decanter retains its original “Genuine Heritage China” and “Real Sippin’ Whiskey, 90 Proof, 12 Years Old” stickers, as well as its liquor stamps from the Internal Revenue Service and the state of Kansas . The cork has become disattached from the lid, but we’re including a new cork should you want to make repairs. The dark brown “wood grained” plastic display stand says “Ezra Brooks” in gold at the bottom. A neat old rustic piece! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h and insurance

 

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Vintage I W Harper decanter

This is a vintage I W Harper clear glass decanter with original cork and metal pour spout. It stands 11" high, rising to 12-1/2" tall when stoppered. It is marked “I W Harper” at the base of its neck. The mouth lip is a 2" flared square with concave scalloped corners. Diameters are 3-1/2" at the widest point and 3" at the base, which is deeply concave and bears the numbers 0-9, 67, 55, and 7, as well as the 2-line warning “Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle”. However, the top line of text has all but worn away, so I guess I’m okay selling this piece as long as I don’t reuse it! (And we won’t tell if you do!) The decanter’s lower edge is decorated with four teardrop impressions, one of which has a long raised dimple at its upper edge. The opposite side has a fairly deep rather rectangular impression that looks to be deliberate, not a flaw. No chips or cracks, but two small scratches about half way down the exterior. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h

 

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Southern Comfort cocktail shaker

What a find! A marvelous old stainless steel cocktail shaker in the shape of a whisky bottle, complete with large etched Southern Comfort “label”, in the center of which is a beaded oval containing a highly detailed depiction of a plantation mansion and grounds, with a horse-drawn carriage coming up the drive and a Mississippi steamboat out on the river. Above are the words “Southern Comfort, Reg. U.S. Pat. Off., Cocktail Shaker”, and below the proclamation “The stainless steel cocktail shaker that pours like a bottle.” Below that are the words “Southern Comfort Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri U.S.A.” Standing 11-1/2" high with a diameter of 3-1/2", this large shaker is composed of four parts: the 6" tall base, the 4-3/4" tall pour spout that fits into the base, the 1-1/2" tall cap that fits into the spout, and the 3-1/2" diameter strainer that fits into the spout base via three metal clamps. Base bottom is marked “Craft Stainless Steel, Chicago”. All pieces are in excellent condition with no dents or dings, but some usage scratching and scuffage, particularly where the pieces fit together. We are also including a large stainless steel tumbler that does not match, but into which the Southern Comfort pour spout fits perfectly. This tumbler measures 7" tall with diameters of 3-5/8" at the top and 2-1/4" at the bottom, which is stamped “18-8 Stainless Steel” and “Made in U.S.A.” It, too, has some usage scuffage, but no dents or dings. Ol’ Swaphos remembers these pieces living together on his parents’ bar back in the early '50's, so we certainly can’t break them up now! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $125.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

2005 Kentucky Derby Woodford Reserve 2-oz shot glass

This is a 2005 Kentucky Derby 2-oz shot glass. Front contains a single red rose superimposed on a black silhouette of a horse and jockey, with an outline drawing of the Churchill Downs twin spires above and “Churchill Downs,” “May 7, 2005,” and “Kentucky Derby 131” below. Back carries the Woodford Reserve* logo. Glass stands 3" tall with a top diameter of 2-1/8" and bottom diameter of 1-5/8". Sculptured exterior bottom and concave base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches.

*Woodford Reserve is the “Official Bourbon” of The Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup. It is a 90.4 proof bourbon made in the distillery formerly known as the Labrot & Graham Distillery, near Versailles, KY. In operation since 1812, the distillery (renamed The Woodford Reserve Distillery in 2003) was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $12.00 + s/h

 

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