Elusive Brent, Warder & Co. barrel found in Antique Mall



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26 April 2013

Mr. Meyer: My wife and I are RVing thru the states and are now in Horse Cave, KY. We were at an antique mall and I noticed a small barrel in a case marked Louisville bottles. I  have collected many bottles and have had unembossed barrels but never ones with company names. This is in mint condition, filled with bubbles and has a nice drippy applied top. It was marked $35 dollars. I got back to the KOA and to my amazement read your blog on this rare bottle and read that one had sold on ebay for over $2,000 dollars. Just how rare is it? Sincerely Dean.


Apple-Touch-IconADean, as you know, I have written about this elusive Kentucky barrel before. Read First: Barrel Series – Brent, Warder & Co. – Louisville. This is an extraordinary find. From your pictures (included in post), it looks like this bottle has the three ‘C’s’; “color”, “condition” and “character”. I have been looking closer at Kentucky bottles lately as I am developing the visual pieces (see above) to promote the 2014 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Show in Lexington, Kentucky. Honestly, if this bottle was in a display case by itself, it would be worth the price of admission just to see and admire. Congratulations! As you can see below, I was able to dig up a little more information.

First we have Elmore D. Warder (partner Brent Warder & Co. – 626 W. Main Street) of Louisville, Kentucky living at the Louisville Hotel in 1861. In 1862 he enlisted with the 7th Kentucky Calvary as a Confederate soldier. He was Second Lieutenant and eventually a Captain. He later died as a Prisoner of War (see further below). There is also a John P. Warder who was living at the Galt House in Louisville during the same 1861 period. He also worked at Brent, Warder & Company. The Brent listing is for William G. Brent, residence 805 Third.

These guys were operating at the same time and just down the street from Edward Wilder (514 West Main Street). Read: Edward Wilder and his Building Bottles


1861 Louisville Directory listing for Elmore D. Warder and John P. Warder of Brent, Warder & Co.


1861 Louisville Directory listing for William G. Brent of Brent, Warder & Co.

I’m writing because I bought an old bible belonging to THOMPSON GOSSOM. I was posing it for pics for an online auction when it fell open to psalms (battle prayer). Pressed there was a lock of hair and a newspaper clipping that reads: CAPT ELMORE D. WARDER is the A.A.G to GEN JOHN H MORGAN, and we have seen parole given to captured federal officers, in his handwriting and drawn during the recent raid into Ohio.

Capt. Warder died a POW at Fort Delaware under the harshest of conditions with typhoid fever….aug 1864…..buried in a community grave at Point Finn…for some reason without monument to his name….seems he was also one of the owners of BRENT, WARDER, & CO. Louisville, Ky, along with his brother John P. Warder. I would like to find out more info on this company and Elmore W. Warder….and also his connection to the THOMPSON GOSSOM FAMILY. In my efforts to find out about the Captain, I have become emotionally involved with this historic piece….please contact me with any interest,information or suggestions. Thank you… RootsWeb Post


Elmore D. Warder POW Record – Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865


Elmore D. Warder (Louisville, KY) Passport Application – 20 July 1860








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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3 Responses to Elusive Brent, Warder & Co. barrel found in Antique Mall

  1. sandchip says:

    I gather that it’s not pontilled although it looks like it should be or there’d be pictures. Extraordinary bottle in all regards, and what a buy!

  2. bob-figurals says:

    Great whiskey barrel. I have owned my example for more than 1o years, It is similar to yours in color and condition. I admit I paid a lot more for it. There are not many known examples.
    Bob Ferraro

  3. bob-figurals says:

    I own a similar example in color and condition. I purchased mine about 10 years ago and paid far more than the purchase price of yours. There aren’t many known examples.
    Bob Ferraro

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