Tone Parsons

What do I have here?

My father-in-law gave me a gift when they got here.

It’s the coolest thing ever…. a bottle of Gilbey’s “Spey Royal” scotch. It’s quite old (we’re not exactly sure, but the stamp from the liqueur control board seems to say that it was sealed on October 2nd, 1930). It has never been opened.

The box states that it’s “The Dancing Scott Music Decanter”. There’s a wind up key under the base, and when you turn a knob on the side, it plays music (when irish eyes are smiling) and the little Scott figure in the bubble at the bottom of the bottle dances around.Very damn cool!!

Here are a few pictures:

The bottle and the box The lable on the bottle The Dancing Scott The unbroken seal - circa 1930

I know they’re not the greatest pictures, but they give you the general idea. I’m not a collector but it seems that something like this might be worth a dollar or two. Does anyone have any idea on this?

I did the google thing and found a couple of references, but nothing major. I’m all kinds of curious.


4 Comments so far

  1. tecbuilt May 30th, 2006 9:01 am

    October 2nd, 1930 was during prohibition. If it was manufactured in the states that would make it “bootleg” which could increase its value.

  2. Tone Parsons May 30th, 2006 10:01 am

    The more I look at it, the less I believe that the “date” is an actual date.

    I’ve not found this bottle online (though I did find an empty one that was similar), but I’m still searching. I do get the feeling that it’s worth far more to me than it is to anyone else (old bottles, opened or not, aren’t worth much).

    I’ll keep researching it and see what I can find. If nothing else, I have something incredibly cool to display on my bar (once I get the damn thing built).

  3. Jay June 12th, 2006 7:30 pm

    Tone, Take it to the Antique Alcoholics Road Show! They should know!

  4. Tone Parsons June 13th, 2006 5:23 am

    From what I’ve been able to find via the intraweb, it’s not worth much at all….. about $8 – $20.