Buckie in an­tique sale

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY NIALL CHRISTIE

AN ‘an­tique’ bot­tle of Buck­fast has gone on sale after be­ing found in Glas­gow.

The item, which dates back to be­fore the Sec­ond World War, was dis­cov­ered in an at­tic. Mak­ers have now con­firmed that it is at least 83 years old.

A BOT­TLE of Buck­fast dat­ing back more than 80 years has gone on sale after it was dis­cov­ered.

The minia­ture, which mak­ers have con­firmed pre-dates the Sec­ond World War, was found in Glas­gow.

The booze was un­cov­ered fol­low­ing a clear­ing out of fam­ily items, with owner Jonathan Porter de­cid­ing to have the find tested by J Chan­dler and com­pany.

Fol­low­ing con­fir­ma­tion that the bot­tle is gen­uine, ex­perts have shared their be­lief that the drink was bot­tled prior to 1936, thus mak­ing it at least 83 years old.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Porter, his grand­par­ents used to own a shop in Muirend dur­ing this time pe­riod.

He added: “I was help­ing my dad to tidy up his at­tic and found a box with lots of ran­dom things from the shop.

“I didn’t want to open it as I thought it was quite old but it wasn’t un­til I con­tacted the mak­ers of Buck­fast when I re­alised just how old.

Hav­ing un­earthed the his­tor­i­cal bot­tle, Mr Porter made the de­ci­sion to sell the item, post­ing it for sale on eBay, with the ad­vert call­ing it a “truly time­less gift for col­lec­tors and lovers of all things Buck­fast”.

Mr Porter is also in the process of hav­ing the item, which comes com­plete with a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­ti­ca­tion from the mak­ers, val­ued.

The bot­tle’s la­bel de­scribes it as a great cure for de­pres­sion, in­som­nia and preg­nancy pains.

Con­fir­ma­tion was made after Mr Porter shared its pack­ag­ing, which showed J Chan­dler’s ad­dress as White­hall, Lon­don.

The com­pany say this shows it was made prior to 1936, when their of­fices were req­ui­si­tioned by the Gov­ern­ment for war of­fices.

Ac­cord­ing to the mak­ers, drink­ing the con­tents is not ad­vised, with the com­pany in­stead of­fer­ing Mr Porter a “mod­ern bot­tle”.

He added: “I used to drink it now and then but to hon­est I’d like to sell it to some­one who will trea­sure it for what it is – a lit­tle bit of his­tory in a bot­tle.”

The 83-year-old Buck­fast bot­tle was found in Glas­gow

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