RARE FREEMAN BROS SALOON JUG WHISKEY POTTERY HOT SPRINGS, GARLAND CO., ARKANSAS AR
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Seller: Private Seller
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: Bank Cashier’s Checks and Postal Money Orders.
A VERY RARE TWO-GALLON jug. We see quarts, 1/2 and 1 gallon whiskey jugs, but a two-gallon size is special. This jug measures 13” to the top, 9-1/2” to the shoulder, and has a 8-1/2” diameter base. It is in nearly perfect condition, with a very shallow (1/32”) flake (3/8” x 1/2”) on the bottom near edge at 6:00 in photo. No other chips. See highly detailed pictures.
The Very Bold Stencil reads “Freeman Bros. / Hot Springs, Ark.”. Hot Springs was a popular hangout for the Oklahoma Outlaws and other Well-Known Gunmen, as gambling establishments were plentiful in this city.
Visitors to this city read like a Who’s Who. Frank and Jesse James, Cole, John, and Bob Younger, robbed a stagecoach five miles outside of Hot Springs in 1874. Bat Masterson visited Hot Springs many times starting in 1878, and a 1901 newspaper reported that he was a “full-fledged citizen” of the town. Masterson loved the plush gambling clubs like the Ohio, Kentucky, and Arkansaw, once winning $10,000 in a five-hour faro game. Wyatt Earp had Hot Springs connections. Deputy U.S. Marshall Paden Tolbert spent his last days in Hot Springs in 1904. Detective William Pinkerton was seen in Hot Springs. Texas cattleman and gunman George Littlefield frequented Hot Springs. Many famous boxing champions “vacationed” in Hot Springs, including John L. Sullivan and Jim Corbett.
Born in 1857, J. W. Freeman was a Hot Springs saloonist at least from 1894-1910. The 1903 city directory indicates that Three Freeman Saloons were being operated simultaneously, one at 110 Ouachita Avenue (Freeman’s Barrel House & Saloon), at 700 Central Avenue (Freeman’s Plateau Saloon), and a larger location at 650-54 Central Avenue (Freeman’s Wellington Saloon & Barrel House). By 1905 he was operating “Freeman Brothers” saloons at two locations. According to the Hot Springs library, Mr. Freeman was appointed Deputy Sheriff there in 1889, and “was a colorful character in Garland county”. John W. Freeman died there April 9, 1910 at the age of 52.
This jug was not dug, but was an attic discovery. No Cracks, No Repairs, an Extremely Nice Arkansas Whiskey Jug!!
Priced to sell quickly.
No International sales.
Three day inspection period, but ask questions prior to buying (see additional notes on returns at bottom). Additional pictures sent on request.
I accept Bank Cashier’s Checks and Postal Money Orders. No personal checks or Western Union MO’s. Payment must be received within seven days after sale date, and sent by Priority Mail with Tracking Number provided by buyer. Shipping by USPS Priority Mail insured at $24.00 (and tracking number provided to buyer). Usually shipping occurs within 3 days after payment received.
Three (3) day Inspection and Return Policy: Only if returned Exactly as Received - Not Disassembled for Inspection, Not Tampered, Not Broken/Chipped/Scratched/Dented/Scuffed, or any Parts Switched. Any Original Documentation sent Must Be Returned with item.