We're Over the Moon with this Apollo Capsule Decanter! September 15 2015, 4 Comments
We have just listed this famous McCoy Pottery whiskey decanter, the Apollo Capsule, and now we want to share a little about it.
This piece was commissioned along with two others, the LEM (Landing Craft) and the Astronaut, to commemorate the Apollo program also known as Project Apollo.
Photo Source: McCoy Pottery
Each decanter was to be produced in limited quantities and the Apollo Capsule was the first in production of the series. While the Apollo Capsule was produced for two seasons, 1968-1969, the Astronaut -depicting Neil Armstrong using the Hasselblad space camera on the moon- was only produced for one season, 1970. The Astronaut was costly to make because of its gold-plated face so fewer were produced making it a very rare and highly sought after treasure. As it turns out apparently the LEM decanter was not released due to production problems.
If you turn this decanter over you will see the maker's mark of authenticity stamped into the base.
Thomas W. Sims Distillery
Dec. 1968 - 1969
There appears to be little information available on the history of Thomas W. Sims Distillery, but what we do know is this decanter is a fantastic piece of Apollo-era memorabilia, and a definite collectible of a world change.
What you might not know is that Apollo memorabilia was integral to Project Apollo, and there was plenty of it being produced in a broad range. To really appreciate the importance and impact of the marketing side to the Apollo Program, CBC's Terry O'Reilly describes it best in his program, "Under the Influence". I urge you to tune in to the 2-part series, Selling The Moon - Part I and Selling The Moon - Part II. You will be treated to a wonderful insight into a monumental moment for mankind... and you will learn the significance behind Apollo memorabilia. Without it we might not have landed on the moon!
If you would like a little piece of Apollo history to call your own, you can purchase this collectible Apollo Capsule decanter by McCoy Pottery here at Audrey Would!
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