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Wild Turkey Ceramic Decanters

 

The Austin Nichols Distilling Co is the company behind Wild Turkey bourbon whisky. In the 1970s and 1980s, it released a range of ceramic decanters, all depicting the bird its famous bourbon was named after - the wild turkey. There were four main series plus another in the late 1980s. All were very intricate and colourful - and nothing like a standard bourbon whisky bottle.

They are collector's items now, both full of the original bourbon or empty. They are very rare today. This is down to many factors, including how long ago they were produced and sold. Another factor is the fact the decanters were made of ceramic - many have probably ended up in pieces on kitchens floors around the world.

 

Series 1 ran from 1971 until 1978 and featured depictions of wild turkeys in various poses. There were eight decanters in this series. Series 2 was the Wild Turkey Lore series which ran from 1979 to 1982. It also depicted wild turkeys in various poses alongside Wild Turkey Lore. An example of this lore is: "The Wild Turkey is one of the heaviest birds capable of flight. Yet it is unusually fast. The male bird has been clocked at speeds as high as 55 miles per hour. As America's most treasured native bird, the Wild Turkey is an apt symbol for Wild Turkey Bourbon - America's most treasured native whiskey."

Series 3 was a short series of three decanters from 1983. They all featured the wild turkey in action. Series 4 depicted the wild turkey encountering various different animals. There are nine decanters in series 4, which ran from 1984 to 1986. Finally, there was the short Habitat series from 1988 and 1989.

 

Series 1

Wild Turkey Decanter Male Standing 1971

#1 Male Standing

1971

Wild Turkey Decanter Female on Log 1972

#2 Female on Log

1972

Wild Turkey Decanter On the Wing 1973

#3 On the Wing

1973

Wild Turkey Decanter With Poult 1974

#4 With Poult

1974

Wild Turkey Decanter With Flags 1975

#5 With Flags

1975

Wild Turkey Decanter Striding 1976

#6 Striding

1976

Wild Turkey Decanter Taking Off 1977

#7 Taking Off

1977

Wild Turkey Decanter Strutting 1978

#8 Strutting

1978


 

Series 2

Wild Turkey Decanter Number 1 Lore 1979

# 1 Lore

1979

Wild Turkey Decanter Number 2 Lore 1980

#2 Lore

1980

Wild Turkey Decanter Number 3 Lore 1981

#3 Lore

1981

Wild Turkey Decanter Number 4 Lore 1982

#4 Lore

1982


 

Series 3

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey in Flight 1983

#1 Turkey in Flight

1983

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Bobcat 1983

#2 Turkey & Bobcat

1983

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey Fighting 1983

#3 Turkey Fighting

1983


 

Series 4

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Eagle 1984

#1 Turkey & Eagle

1984

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Raccoon 1984

#2 Turkey & Racoon

1984

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Poults 1984

#3 Turkey & Poults

1984

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Fox 1985

#4 Turkey & Fox

1985

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Owl 1985

#5 Turkey & Owl

1985

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Cubs 1985

#6 Turkey & Cubs

1985

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Coyote 1986

#7 Turkey & Coyote

1986

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Falcon 1986

#8 Turkey & Falcon

1986

Wild Turkey Decanter Turkey and Skunks 1986

#9 Turkey & Skunks

1986

 

Habitat Series

Wild Turkey Decanter Habitat 1 1988

Habitat #1

1988

Wild Turkey Decanter Habitat 2 1989

Habitat #2

1989

 

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