Whiskey Bottle Tombstone – Clayton, Alabama


A wife told her husband that she’d make him a whiskey bottle-shaped tombstone if he didn’t stop drinking.


He didn’t.

Thank you to Dennis Humphrey for post inspiration. Bottle pictured above is a Dr. J. S. Woods Elixir medicine bottle (Albany, N.Y.), emerald green with tombstone shape – Norman C. Heckler

whiskey bottle tombstone

The Whiskey Bottle Gravestone of William T. Mullen is seen in the town cemetery in Clayton, Barbour County. Mullen’s wife marked his resting place in this manner after he refused to stop drinking himself to death. – Encyclopedia of Alabama


Whiskey Bottle Tombstone detail – Greg Barnes


This gentleman’s wife is said to have followed through on her promise to mark his grave with a whiskey bottle if he drank himself to death.

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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