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Scarce Lem Motlow, nephew and successor of Jack Daniels, advertising stoneware whiskey jug. White slip glaze with blue stenciled lettering that reads : All Goods Worth Price Charged/ Lem Motlow/Lynchburg, Tenn. 8 1/8" H. Circa 1910. Note: Lem Motlow (1869-1947) was said to have had a head for numbers, and originally worked as a bookkeeper for his uncle's company. In 1907, faced with failing health, Jack Daniels gave the distillery to Motlow and another nephew. Motlow soon bought out the other nephew, but his whiskey production in Lynchburg was short lived. In 1910, Tennessee passed a statewide prohibition law, forcing the company to shift its distilling operations to Birmingham and St. Louis. Motlow challenged the law in a test case that ended up before the Tennessee Supreme Court, and he eventually became a Tennessee state senator. He continued to operated the distillery for 40 years. While some glass Motlow bottles survive, stoneware jugs bearing his imprint from the pre-Prohibition era are scarce. Provenance: the collection of Benjamin Dysart, Brentwood, Tennessee. CONDITION: Some light chipping and glaze loss to spout, scattered firing flaws to body, missing the original wire and wood handle.