Quick Picks: Admiral Decanter; Admirals Flask; Binoculars; Blue glass ship; Burley Captain Decanter; Cannon; Bicentennial Coins; Great Men of the Sea; Flying Cloud; Lanterns; Life Ring; Lighthouse; Queen Elizabeth Jubilee; Scrimshaw; Bells; Ship Magic & White Star; Ship's Telegraph; Ship's Wheel; English Ship Wheel; Super Spark; Super Bowl XX; Tankard; Telescopes; White Porcelain Sailboat
|The first Admiral decanter appeared in 1973 and sold until 1975. The Admiral on the left is called "Flint" (Product ID 3227); the admiral at right is called "Opal" (Product Id 3226). Each held 6 ounces of after shave.|
|The Admiral appeared again from 1981 until 1984 in two styles of applied trim (Product ID 3634),|
The Admiral's Flask was sold from 1986 to 1991 (Product ID 33440) and held 7 ounces of after shave. The package at right is from a 1988 catalog.
The Binocular Decanter sold in 1973 (Product ID 3229) with 6 ounces of after shave.
The Green Glass Ship Decanter (Product ID 3228) held 6 ounces of after shave.
I do not know the precise date of this decanter, but Burley was sold from 1967 to 1973, and an early 1970s date is consistent with other specialty decanters introduced after 1972.
The Cannon decanter (Product ID 4356); packaging shown at left. 6 ounces of after shave.
To help commemorate the U.S. bicentennial, these three "coin" decanters were sold in 1975 (Product ID 3782. Three coins commemorate George Washington (left), John Paul Jones (center) and Thomas Jefferson (right). Each held 6 ounces of after shave.
Great Men of the Sea commemorative coin decanters recognized Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus and Leif Erickson. 1976 Product ID 3782; 1977 Product ID 3838. Held 6 ounces of after shave.
The leftmost lantern above held after shave (Product ID 3735) and the center lantern held lime (Product ID 3525). Both were sold from 1973 to 1975. The green bottle on the right held after shave (Product ID 3632).
The above pictures from Old Spice sales literature show the original after shave and lime lanterns in 1973 (left), and the newer design bottle in 1980 (right).
This Ship's Lantern decanter was made in England for the British market. It held after shave and dates somewhere in the 1970s. It is molded from amber glass. The bottom label is shown at right.
The Life Ring decanter (Product ID 3233) was sold from 1975 to 1976 and held 6 ounces of after shave. It advertised the ability to cut a picture of your favorite person and paste it into the center of the ring - a glass life ring picture frame of sorts!
Lighthouse Decanter 1973 packaging 1977 packaging
1978 packaging 1980 packaging 1984 packaging
|Perhaps the most common of the decanters the Lighthouse also had the longest shelf life as it was sold for eight years. It held 6 ounces of after shave (Product ID 3828 and 38280).|
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen's Jubilee bottle was made for the British market and held 200 ml of after shave.
There were six styles of Scrimshaw Decanters sold from 1974 to 1976 (Product ID 3835 or 3838). The bottles sported simulated scrimshaw depicting whaling or sailing imagery. Packaging was clear plastic with the decanter on a silver plastic base. Each decanter held 6 ounces of cologne. Some were sold in gift sets with a scrimshaw soap on a rope.
The Ship's Bell decanter on the right (amber glass) was sold in the U.S. (Product ID 4355). The bell on the left is a solid "gold" applied to glass with an embossed ship design; it was sold in Canada. The Bells held 6 ounces of after shave.
The Ship Magic commemorative flask (top two photos) was sold from 1989 to 1991 and held 6 ounces of after shave. The canteen shaped bottle celebrates the Ship Magic, the winner of the first America's Cup race.
I have less information on the White Star decanter. The photo was provided by another collector. The bottles are the same and I would date it from the late 1980s as well. It was likely sold in the British market and commemorated the great White Star line.
The photograph does not capture the gold color of this bottle because much of it has flaked away! The Ship's Telegraph (Product ID 36280) in new condition is a bright gold. It held 6 ounces of after shave.
The top photos show the two styles of Ship's Wheel. Though some of the gold "plating" has flaked off, the left wheel was a shiny gold color and sold from 1974 to 1976 (Product ID 3724). The wheel on the right is a dull brassy finish and sold from 1977 to 1984 (Product ID 3829). The four images directly above show the packaging from (left to right) 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1984. This decanter held 6 ounces of after shave.
|Similar to the English Ship's Lantern above, this Ship's Wheel is also made from molded amber glass.|
|The Super Spark decanter held Burley and therefore dates between 1967 and 1973. The decanter is in the shape of a spark plug.|
Bottle Front and Back
This decanter (Product ID 36300) commemorates the Clipper Ship Flying Cloud.
|Resembling the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy, this decanter was sold in 1985 to commemorate Super Bowl XX. Held 6 ounces of after shave.|
|The Tankard Decanter (Product ID 3629) held 6 ounces of after shave - shown here with a 1979 package.|
|Telescopes Styles 1973 to 1976|
|Telescope Styles 1977 to 1983|
|Changes in telescope sails|
The various bottles held the following content with associated product IDs.
Red After Shave:
1973-1974: ID 4354
1977-1979: ID 3837
1981-1984: ID 3840
1985-1986: ID 38400
Black After Shave:
1975: ID 4354
1976-1977: ID 3617
1973-1974: ID 3524
1973: ID 3115