Case Gins to put in a Case

Commonly called “case gin” or “taper gin” bottles since they would pack more efficiently to a case (6 to 24 bottles) than round bottles.

Bill Lindsey


Bought this lot of large case gins yesterday. They weren’t cheap. Hope I did the right thing.

Woody Douglas

Woody Douglas posted this really fine picture of four case Gins (see above) last week on Early American Glass on facebook. I was immediately captivated by the image and the strength of the four Gin bottles grouped together. See more of Woody’s great pictures.


Case Gin – Rick DeMarsh

Almost immediatey, Michael George (FOHBC 2013 National Antique Bottle Show | Manchester Chairman) post a second stunning picture that dropped my socks (see below). Read more on Michael George.

I rush home to squeeze in a shot at the two minute warning… then the sun fades into history! I caught a few ginnys!

Michael George


This reminded me that I had a few other pictures of case gins tucked away. I have a few of these gins myself tucked away somewhere. Great bottles with tons of history.

Case Gin_Cobalt Blue

Case Gin in cobalt blue. I believe I pulled this from a recent Glass Works Auction.


Nice grouping of Case Gins spotted at American Bottle Auctions in Sacramento last December – photo Ferdinand Meyer V


Colonial Case Gin Bottles – This was a very cool find. Its an original 1700s wooden crate complete with 5 whole case gin bottles with pig snout tops and pontil bases. The crate has a lot of unique features including strap hinges, a keyhole (and missing locking mechanism), rosehead nails, and hand wrought iron handles. The crate and its contents were found hidden away in an outbuilding at an early 1700s homesite. This is how bottles of gin were transported by ship across the Atlantic during colonial times. Maybe with a little luck, I can someday fill the remaining 4 slots from my future colonial trash pit digs. – Bill D @ TreasureNet

Read More: Case Gin Bottles – Historic Glasshouse

Read More: Liquor/Spirits Bottles – Bill Lindsey

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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