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Bicentennial Vintage "Patriots Series" Decanters by McCormick

Updated on November 12, 2017
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McCormick’s Paid Tribute to Historical Events and the People

Back in the year 1976 the United States was two hundred years old. This was a huge Bicentennial year full of celebrations and many observances during this era, many companies like McCormick’s paid tribute to historical events and the people that were important in leading up to the creation from the thirteen colonies to the United States of America winning its independence and becoming its own republic, and the Whiskey Decanters by McCormick was a huge success I this marking strategy. The Bicentennial Vintage "Patriots Series" Whiskey Decanters by McCormick had as its focus the central events of 1776 and the memory of the American Revolution.

George Washington, Bicentennial 1976, McCormick Americana

Vintage McCormick Americana GEORGE WASHINGTON PATRIOTS Decanter Porcelain Figure  ... Features George Washington and stands approximately 13 and a half inches tall. McCormick Distilled Co 4/5 quart collectors bottle.
Vintage McCormick Americana GEORGE WASHINGTON PATRIOTS Decanter Porcelain Figure ... Features George Washington and stands approximately 13 and a half inches tall. McCormick Distilled Co 4/5 quart collectors bottle.

Washington the Center Figure of the McCormack’s Collection

George Washington was the center figure of the McCormick's Bicentennial Decanter collection. George was born in Colonial Virginia; he was born into a family of a wealthy planter. His family owned many tobacco plantations and many slaves. George Washington when he reached adulthood inherited a great deal from his family. In his youth, George Washington became a very well-known and respected senior officer in the colonial militia during the early stages of the epic French and Indian War. It was in the year 1775, that the Second Continental Congress commissioned George Washington to be commander-in-chief of the newly formed Continental Army which was going to be known throughout Europe and the world during the American Revolution against the British Empire.

George Washington, Aristocrat Turned Rebel, by McCormick

McCormick Decanter, George Washington, the Continental Army

George Washington, Aristocrat Turned Rebel, McCormick Decanter, George Washington of the Continental Army, First President of the United States of America, the man who could possibly have been king but refused, has come through two hundred years of American History as "The Father of His Country" ... George Washington was General Washington in command of a hodgepodge of untrained, undisciplined, and often unwilling militiamen with terms of service due to expire in six months of less. Yet he took theses green troops to relieve the Massachusetts Militia in their siege of Boston, and moreover, was able to hold seasoned British regiments in check until the colonists could organize themselves for the ordeal to come.

George Washington 1732 - 1799, by McCormick Distilling Co. 1976

Washington's "service sward" and scabbard, length of sward, 36 inches, with 30 in blade. The hilt, shown in detail, is silver and and green-stained ivory wound with silver wire, quillons terminating on serpents heads. Scabbard is russet leather ...
Washington's "service sward" and scabbard, length of sward, 36 inches, with 30 in blade. The hilt, shown in detail, is silver and and green-stained ivory wound with silver wire, quillons terminating on serpents heads. Scabbard is russet leather ...

Beautiful McCormick Porcelain Decanter Figurine of Washington

Beautiful McCormick porcelain decanter figurine.of the first President of the United States, made for the Bicentennial year 1976.
Beautiful McCormick porcelain decanter figurine.of the first President of the United States, made for the Bicentennial year 1976.

Things to know when Collecting McCormick's Bicentennial Decanters

In collecting McCormick's Bicentennial Decanters, you will find that a full decanter is worth the same as the empty one. Not having the liquor tax stamp on the McCormick decanter will not lower the collector value of the piece. Some McCormick collectors do prefer to empty their decanters for safety reasons. This is a very good precaution measure in the long run. It is better than allowing the whiskey contents to ruin the delicate and porous ceramic that the McCormick Bicentennial decanters are made from. These decanters were made with a great deal of care by the American Porcelain Company. As always the collector should keep the beautifully painted American Patriot’s decanters out of direct sunlight to prevent fading of the brilliant colors.

"Patriots Series" Decanters by McCormick the Bicentennial Era

1976 McCormick and the Patriots, American's Best know Patriots

It is especially appropriate that the McCormick Distillery is the one to bring out this fully authentic series of collector bottles representing American's best know Patriots in Commemoration of the Bicentennial celebration. McCormick is American's oldest operating distillery. And McCormick was founded in 1856 by Ben Holladay, the legendary "king of hurry", operator of the Overland stage, backer of the Pony Express. The lore of America ... and McCormick straight bourbon whiskey can be considered so too.

McCormick Distilling Co. is still making Fine American Whiskey

McCormick Distilling Company is still making American Blended Whiskey, they have been since 1856. Fitting that they went all out during the Bicentennial year of 1976 to show their patriotic support.
McCormick Distilling Company is still making American Blended Whiskey, they have been since 1856. Fitting that they went all out during the Bicentennial year of 1976 to show their patriotic support.

McCormick Collector Bottles Sculptured by Skilled Craftsmen

Ben Holladay started the McCormick Distillery at the booming frontier town of Weston, Missouri, beside a sparking pure limestone spring that had been charted by Lewis and Clark. Over the years Ben's enterprise has endured to become American's oldest operating distillery. The McCormick Collector Bottles in this series are as true to life as serious study of historic records and portraits can make them. They have been sculptured and hand painted by skilled craftsmen to be authentic portraits of the Patriots they represent. Every serious bottle collector and student of America's early history will want the entire McCormick Patriot Series.

The Back Side of Washington, Bicentennial 1976, McCormick

The back side of the vintage McCormick Americana the Patriot series, showing the George Washington Decanter Porcelain Figure ... Features George Washington and stands approximately 13” tall. McCormick Distilled Co 4/5 quart collectors bottle.
The back side of the vintage McCormick Americana the Patriot series, showing the George Washington Decanter Porcelain Figure ... Features George Washington and stands approximately 13” tall. McCormick Distilled Co 4/5 quart collectors bottle.

The McCormick Decanter Should be Empty Before Displaying

In the McCormick Bicentennial decanters that I have collected over the years I found it is best not to keep the whiskey in the bottle, because keeping any strong alcohol or whiskey in sealed porcelain decanters does not increase the value of the decanter, if anything it will weaken the aging cork, and it makes the collectible decanter harder to sell. You cannot sale alcohol on the internet without proper licenses, and most collectors will not ship the collectible Bicentennial decanters full of whiskey in the mail for it is not allowed. It is best to empty the decanters in your collection, as overtime the porcelain my become discolored from the whiskey in the container. Porcelain by its delicate nature is porous and overtime the liquor could leak out and this could be a hazard, especially for children.

Bicentennial Vintage "Patriots Series" Whiskey Decanters by McCormick

This Decanter of George Washington looks very Majestic & Regal

This Decanter of George Washington looks very majestic and regal. The American Porcelain Company always did a amazing job on the creations.
This Decanter of George Washington looks very majestic and regal. The American Porcelain Company always did a amazing job on the creations.

Keeping your McCormick 1976 Bicentennial Decanter Safe

I would also suggest that if you find a McCormick Bicentennial Decanter that still has a seal on it, and is full of whiskey, please use wisdom to make sure to keep it someplace safe, dry, and out of reach of children. When storing your McCormick Bicentennial decanters you need to handle them with great care. Being made of fine porcelain they can easily get chips, scratches, and cracks; and this type of damage will affect the value of the collectable McCormick decanters.


1976 McCormick Bicentennial Decanter, A good Historic Center

I think these McCormick Bicentennial Decanter make a good historic center to add to other decanter collections, McCormick has many more decanters to build a collection with, and many of these masterpieces can be found on eBay. There are gunfighters, presidents, famous people like Elvis and much more. Some of the most breathtaking I have seen made by other liquor companies are thoroughbred horses, and war heroes on beautiful horses.

Betsy Ross, We want You to Make a Flag for Us

1779, Betsy Ross, A young Widower, Made the United States Flag

Early in June of 1776, Betsy Ross, A young Widower Keeper of a small upholstery shop in Philadelphia, received three distinguished visitors. Towering authoritatively, over six fee tall, was George Washington. Almost in his shadow came Robert Morris, Know for his liberal financial aid to the cause of independence; and ushering them in them in, the florid Colonel George Ross, member of the Continental Congress, eager signer of the Declaration of Independence, and uncle of Betsy's late husband John. It was his influence that had brought this secretly empowered committed to Betsy Ross's parlor.

Betsy Ross 1752 to 1836, McCormick Distilling Co. Weston, Missouri

George Washington, pencil in hand, sketched the new flag as Betsy Ross described it. Thus the stars and stripes ere born!
George Washington, pencil in hand, sketched the new flag as Betsy Ross described it. Thus the stars and stripes ere born!

1776, Betsy's thought for the Flag were Accepted Enthusiastically

With greetings and introductions completed, the three men came to the point of their visit. "We want you to make a flag for us." Betsy told the story to her grandchildren many years later how George Washington produced a drawing of what he and his committee thought the flag should be. She related how she had studied it and made suggestions: the stars should have five pints, not six; and all the stars should be equal in size and position .. in a circle ... so none of the newly united states should be jealous of, or claim superiority over the rest. Betsy's thought were accepted enthusiastically, and George Washington, pencil in hand, sketched the new flag as she described it. Thus the stars and stripes were born!

Betsy Ross was the only Woman on the McCormack Decanters

Betsy Ross was the only woman on the commemorative McCormick decanters for the Bicentennial year of 1976. She was well known as the woman who made the United States Flag, she made many flags for the colony, and soon to be state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania had formed its own navy during war with Great Britain during the American Revolution. The flags that Betsy Ross made for the Pennsylvania navy were overseen by the newly formed Pennsylvania Navy Board. They were very impressed with Betsy’s flag designs and so soon the word spread of her designs and she became a legend.

Thanks to Betsy Ross in 1776, the Stars and Stripes were Born!

She related how she had studied it and made suggestions: the stars should have five pints, not six; and all the stars should be equal in size and position .. in a circle ...
She related how she had studied it and made suggestions: the stars should have five pints, not six; and all the stars should be equal in size and position .. in a circle ...

1976 McCormick Porcelain Whiskey Decanter Thomas Jefferson

McCormick ceramic porcelain whiskey liquor decanter Thomas Jefferson. Vintage Thomas Jefferson The Patriots whiskey decanter with original box and packaging.
McCormick ceramic porcelain whiskey liquor decanter Thomas Jefferson. Vintage Thomas Jefferson The Patriots whiskey decanter with original box and packaging.

McCormick Bicentennial Decanter Collection “Thomas Jefferson”

McCormick Bicentennial Decanter Collection made one of the model subject “Thomas Jefferson”. He was the master many disciplines, which ranged from the surveying of large tracks of land for development, making mathematics practical of every day usage, and Thomas Jefferson made many advancements in horticulture and the mechanics of structures and equipment. Thomas was an amazing architect and designed many fine structures that have wonderful classical beauty.


1976 Thomas Jefferson, McCormick Porcelain Whiskey Decanter

 Made for the Bicentennial year 1976, Thomas Jefferson, McCormick Porcelain Whiskey Decanter
Made for the Bicentennial year 1976, Thomas Jefferson, McCormick Porcelain Whiskey Decanter

Jefferson A True Renaissance Man for the Bicentennial Collection

A true renaissance man, Thomas Jefferson had a very keen interest in the study of religion and his knowledge of philosophy also earned him the presidency of the prestigious American Philosophical Society. Although Thomas was a deeply spiritual man he shunned organized religion, but he was greatly influenced by both the study of Christianity and of deism. Thomas Jefferson was well versed and had a great interested in linguistics, he spoke several European languages.

Bicentennial McCormick Decanter of Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

McCormick decanter of Patrick Henry (1736-1799) who was known as the orator of the Revolution and inspired others to accept the Declaration of Independence as written by his friend Thomas Jefferson with the help of Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.
McCormick decanter of Patrick Henry (1736-1799) who was known as the orator of the Revolution and inspired others to accept the Declaration of Independence as written by his friend Thomas Jefferson with the help of Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.

The Bicentennial McCormick decanter of Patrick Henry (1736-1799) is very well made. Patrick was known as the orator of the Revolution, and he inspired many others in the colonies to accept the Declaration of Independence as written by his patriotic friend Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. Patrick famously said, "I know now what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death". Decanter produced in 1975 for the 1976 Bicentennial and is part of the Patriots Series. This beautiful decanter is an whopping 13.5 inches tall.

Patrick Henry, McCormick Decanter was made 1975 for 1976

The Bicentennial McCormick decanter of Patrick Henry (1736-1799) is very well made. Decanter produced in 1975 for the 1976 Bicentennial and is part of the Patriots Series.
The Bicentennial McCormick decanter of Patrick Henry (1736-1799) is very well made. Decanter produced in 1975 for the 1976 Bicentennial and is part of the Patriots Series.

The American Porcelain Company made all the Fine Decanters

The American Porcelain Company made all the beautiful decanters for the McCormick Distilling Company, they had a wonderful workforce in Japan that did exquisite work.
The American Porcelain Company made all the beautiful decanters for the McCormick Distilling Company, they had a wonderful workforce in Japan that did exquisite work.

Patrick Henry, made for the McCormick Distilling Company 1976

The Back of Patrick Henry, made for the McCormick Distilling Company, beautiful bright colors to help bring the Spirit of 79 alive during the Bicentennial year.
The Back of Patrick Henry, made for the McCormick Distilling Company, beautiful bright colors to help bring the Spirit of 79 alive during the Bicentennial year.

Patrick Henry's Decanter was made in 1975 for the Bicentennial

Patrick Henry's Decanter was produced in 1975 for the 1976 Bicentennial and is part of the Patriots Series. This beautiful decanter is an whopping 13.5 inches tall.
Patrick Henry's Decanter was produced in 1975 for the 1976 Bicentennial and is part of the Patriots Series. This beautiful decanter is an whopping 13.5 inches tall.

Patrick Henry was made by the American Porcelain Company

Patrick Henry was made by the American Porcelain Company ... The company was founded in 1938 in Ohio, and also had factories in Delaware. The did many decanters for McCormick Distillery Company from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Patrick Henry was made by the American Porcelain Company ... The company was founded in 1938 in Ohio, and also had factories in Delaware. The did many decanters for McCormick Distillery Company from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The Wonderful 1976 Bicentennial Decanter of John Hancock

The photo below shows the wonderful Bicentennial Decanter of John Hancock. John was one of most influential leaders in Boston during the economic crisis that led to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War against Great Britain in 1775. John served more than two full years in the newly formed Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and Mr. Hancock was the very first man to sign the Declaration of Independence, and his signature is the most prominent. John Hancock held his position as the president of Congress.

1976 Decanter of John Hancock made of Ceramic Porcelain

McCormick vintage ceramic porcelain whiskey liquor decanter of John Hancock ... Mr. Hancock was the very first man to sign the Declaration of Independence, and his signature is the most prominent. John Hancock held his position as the president of Co
McCormick vintage ceramic porcelain whiskey liquor decanter of John Hancock ... Mr. Hancock was the very first man to sign the Declaration of Independence, and his signature is the most prominent. John Hancock held his position as the president of Co

Let King George read my name Without His Spectacles, Hancock

It was July 4, 1776. Philadelphia steamed with more than the sticky heart of midsummer as the delegates of the thirteen colonies to the Second Continental Congress assembled. They were gathered here to enact the most important piece of business that they as a congress were ever to do. Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and John Adams of Massachusetts had compose a Declaration of Independence addressed to King George the Third of England. With every though of continued acceptance of British rule forgotten, the delegates listened to a final reading of this Declaration. Having heard the succinct but brief statement of philosophy and grievance, they crowed forward to put their signatures to the document. The first signature, with great flourish, was that of the President of the Congress. Tradition has it as he signed, John Hancock commented, "Let King George read my name without his spectacles, and let him double the price he has on my head!"

John Hancock Made His Signature Very Large in Philadelphia

The first signature, with great flourish, was that of the President of the Congress. Tradition has it as he signed, John Hancock commented, "Let King George read my name without his spectacles, and let him double the price he has on my head!"
The first signature, with great flourish, was that of the President of the Congress. Tradition has it as he signed, John Hancock commented, "Let King George read my name without his spectacles, and let him double the price he has on my head!"

McCormick's 1976 Paul Revere The Patriots Decanter Figurine

Here is the very well made and hand painted McCormick Americana Porcelain Paul Revere The Patriots Decanter Figurine
Here is the very well made and hand painted McCormick Americana Porcelain Paul Revere The Patriots Decanter Figurine

The McCormick's "The British are Coming" 1967 Paul Revere

The McCormick Liquor Company did a good job on this decanter. Having Paul riding his horse warning the citizens of the invading British army. Because Paul Revere was immortalized after his death for very brave and patriotic role as a messenger that the British are coming to the American minutemen in the battles of Lexington and Concord, he has become a simple of the spirit of 1776 …

Paul Revere was immortalized after his Death for His Role

Because Paul Revere was immortalized after his death for very brave and patriotic role as a messenger that the British are coming to the American minutemen in the battles of Lexington and Concord, he has become a simple of the spirit of 1776 …
Because Paul Revere was immortalized after his death for very brave and patriotic role as a messenger that the British are coming to the American minutemen in the battles of Lexington and Concord, he has become a simple of the spirit of 1776 …

Paul Revere, a Patriotic Symbol for the Bicentennial Era of 1976

Paul Revere has been a house hold name for many years in the United States, and his legendary "midnight ride" is well-known to most American school children. Paul Revere is probably one of the most remembered person that is known as a patriotic symbol. In his lifetime, Paul was also a well-known and very prosperous, and creative Boston silversmith and craftsman.

Paul Revere has been a house hold name for Liberty in 1976

Paul Revere was immortalized after his death for very brave and patriotic role as a messenger that the British are coming to the American minutemen in the battles of Lexington and Concord, he has become a simple of the spirit of 1776 …
Paul Revere was immortalized after his death for very brave and patriotic role as a messenger that the British are coming to the American minutemen in the battles of Lexington and Concord, he has become a simple of the spirit of 1776 …

1976 McCormick's John Paul Jones Patriots Decanter Figurine

McCormick American Porcelain John Paul Jones Patriots Decanter Figurine  ... Wonderful McCormick Decanter of John Paul Jones - The Patriots.
McCormick American Porcelain John Paul Jones Patriots Decanter Figurine ... Wonderful McCormick Decanter of John Paul Jones - The Patriots.

John Paul Jones a Great United States Naval Commander

John Paul Jones was born on July 6, 1747 and he died on July 18, 1792. In the American Revolutionary War John Paul Jones was the United States very first well-known naval commander … John Paul Jones made many friendsover the length of his military service, and he made many enemies across the depths of the seas, many of whom accused him of piracy.

John Paul Jones was a Founding Father of the American Navy

John Paul Jones was well known among America's political elites of his time. During the breakaway of the colonies from the British rule his actions of piracy in British waters during the Revolution earned him a rather bad international reputation as a pirate which persists to this day. But in the United States he is usually referred to as one of the founding father of the American Navy, along with John Barry and John Adams he has joined the pantheon of American heroes. Amazingly later in his career John Paul Jones served in the service of the Imperial Russian Navy, and received the rank of rear admiral.

A Very Nice Collection of 1976 McCormick Patriots Decanters

Here is a nice collection of McCormick Patriots Decanters ... You have Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Washington, John Paul Jones, Ben Franklin, and Betsy Ross ...
Here is a nice collection of McCormick Patriots Decanters ... You have Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Washington, John Paul Jones, Ben Franklin, and Betsy Ross ...

Home base of the 1976 McCormick Patriots Decanters, Holladay Distillery, McCormick Distilling Company, Weston Missouri

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      Glenn Waters 11 days ago

      Thank you Mary for your comment, yes they are very Americana :) My Grandfather had the whole set back in the 1970s, he kept them proudly on a built-in den bookcase next to his fireplace, right above his Americana Encyclopedias ... They are very well made hand painted porcelain decanters, and amazingly lifelike. 1976 was a fun time for me, and these little statues help me keep those happy memories alive.

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      Mary Wickison 11 days ago from Brazil

      Wow, I've seen these before. I imagine they have a strong following and are popular with the collectors.

      Even people who don't drink but collector Americana articles would love these.