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Original Civil War era Ginger Beer Bottle


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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Civil War era Ginger beer bottle. This two-tone glazed bottle measures 8 ½” high with a diameter of 3”. Ginger beer was a type of alcoholic beverage, flavored primarily with ginger, lemon, and sugar. It originated in England in the mid-1700s, and it reached its peak of popularity in the early 1900s. Depending on the processing, the alcohol content can be as high as 11%.

Ginger beer was a popular drink among Civil War soldiers. In The Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia, by Francis Lord, there are examples of Ginger Beer bottles, as well as in Excavated Artifacts of the Civil War, by Howard Crouch. They are also in the Civil War Museum in Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and the Medical Museum in Frederick, MD (see pictures).

This bottle is in very nice condition, no chips, or cracks. I have ginger beer bottles pictured in my book, "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items” and go into more detail about the drinking habits of Civil War soldiers (see pictures). It would make a nice addition to a display of a soldier’s personal effects.

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