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1945 Kentucky Derby tall mint julep glass

This is an exceptionally rare 1945 Kentucky Derby “Tall” glass, so called because it is 6" tall as opposed to regular Kentucky Derby glasses that are 5-1/4" tall. Glass is completely frosted and its front features a horse head inside a horseshoe with “Kentucky Derby” above and “Churchill Downs” below, all in green. Perfect conditions with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $550.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

** A warning to Kentucky Derby collectors **
Beware of fake 1945 tall Kentucky Derby glasses!

Authentic = bright green graphic
     Fake = dark green graphic
Authentic = larger horseshoe and horsehead
     Fake = smaller horseshoe and horsehead
Authentic = smooth horseshoe top curve
     Fake = more “pointy” horseshoe top curve
Authentic = larger “Kentucky Derby” typeface
(spans outside edges of horseshoe nail holes)

     Fake = smaller “Kentucky Derby” typeface
     (spans inside edges of horseshoe hail holes

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Our 1945 Kentucky Derby Tall glass is authentic!

1948 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

This 1948 Kentucky Derby glass is especially collectable, not only because it’s over 60 years old, but also because 1948 was the year that Citation won the Derby and went on to become the 8th Triple Crown Winner. He was ridden by legendary jockey Eddie Arcaro, who had also won the Triple Crown in 1941 on Whirlaway, the only jockey in history to ride two Triple Crown winners. This glass stands 5-1/4" tall with diameters of 2-3/4" at it rim and 2-1/4" at its base. Front features a horse’s head in a horseshoe, with “Kentucky Derby” above and “Churchill Downs” below. A race horse and jockey is on either side. All printing is in green. Glass is completely frosted except for the clear bottom that carries the Libbey stylized “L.” Perfect condition with no chips, nicks, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $250.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

1949 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

This is a very rare Kentucky Derby mint julep glass from 1949, the year of the Kentucky Derby’s Diamond Jubilee and the year after Citation became the 8th Triple Crown Winner. This glass is completely frosted except for the clear bottom that carries the Libby stylized “L.” All printing is in green. Front features a picture of Martin J. “Matt” Winn, Churchill Downs president, beneath which is “He has seen them all.” Indeed, Col. Winn (June 30, 1861 - October 6, 1949) saw every one of the first 75 Kentucky Derbys, with this one being the last before his death a few months later. A May 7, 1934 Time Magazine article says:

The man who is responsible for making the Derby the racing classic of the American continent also has the distinction of having seen every Derby ever run. In 1875, 14-year-old Matt Winn sat in his father's grocery wagon and watched Aristides win the race. Grocery Boy Matt Winn became Matt Winn, merchant tailor of Covington, Ky. Twenty years ago, Tailor Matt Winn became Colonel Matt J. Winn, racetrack manager. In 1914 he upped the Derby's purse, steadily began to ballyhoo the race into a social and sporting extravaganza. Now 73, Colonel Winn as president of the American Turf Association operates not only Churchill Downs at Louisville, but Latonia, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, as well as Lincoln Fields and Washington Park outside Chicago.

The back of the glass says “Kentucky Derby Diamond Jubilee” and lists all of the Kentucky Derby winners from 1875 - 1948. By the way, Ponder, a 16-1 shot, won the Diamond Jubilee Run for the Roses by three lengths. His sire Pensive had won the Derby in 1946, and his son Needles won it in 1956, making this one of only two 3-generation dynasties in Kentucky Derby history. The other was Reigh Count, the 1928 Derby winner, who sired Count Fleet, the 1943 winner, who sired Count Turf, the 1951 winner.

This glass, an extraordinary piece of Kentucky Derby history, stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. Outstanding condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $275.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

1950 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

The front of this exceedingly rare 1950 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass features a highly detailed drawing of the Churchill Downs racetrack with four horses and jockeys racing around the first turn followed by the rest of the field in front of the Churchill Downs grandstand and clubhouse with its famous twin spires. Three paragraphs on the back of the glass gives information about both the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs. Dark green drawing and text on a frosted background. Glass stands 5-1/4" tall with diameters of 2-3/4" at the rim and 2-1/4" at the unfrosted clear glass bottom. Outstanding vintage condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or color loss except for the top text line on the back where the letters t and h of the word “the” are partially rubbed away. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $525.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

1952 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

This is a rare 1952 “Kentucky Derby Gold Cup” mint julep glass. Front depicts the famous gold cup trophy given to owner of the Kentucky Derby winner every year since 1924, the year the Kentucky Derby celebrated its Golden Jubilee, and also the year “My Old Kentucky Home” was first sung at the Derby. Back tells the history of the trophy. All artwork and lettering is in gold on a frosted background. Produced by Libby Glass and carries their stylized “L” on the bottom. Glass stands 5-1/4" tall x
2-3/4" in diameter. We have two of these glasses and price is for each. Both are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $225.00 each plus s/h and insurance

 

 only 2 available

 

1953 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

This is a 1953 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass. The front depicts a race horse and a collar of red roses with “Kentucky Derby” above and “Churchill Downs, The Run for the Roses” below. Colors are red, green, and black on a frosted background. Back lists all the Kentucky Derby winners from 1875-1952. This was the first year that past winners started to be listed on a regular basis on mint julep glasses, but it took another 20 years before Triple Crown Winners started being marked with a crown. Glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. We have three of these glasses and all are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $165.00 each plus s/h and insurance

 

 **2 sold ** 1 remaining **

 

1954 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

This is a 1954 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass. It is completely frosted, with green printing. The front center features a line drawing of the Churchill Downs twin spires, and the names of all past winners from 1875-1953 are printed in a random pattern around the glass. Determine won the Derby in 1954, ridden by 20-year-old Ray York, who had started riding quarter horses in 1948 and won his first thoroughbred race on July 4, 1949. York won 3,082 races during his 7-decade career as a jockey, and is the first American jockey to ride in seven separate decades, surpassing Bill Shoemaker’s record six decades. York was a special guest at the 2007 Kentucky Derby week activities. This glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $225.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

 only 1 available

 

1955 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

This is a 1955 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass. Front depicts two race horses and jockeys thundering down the track, with “Kentucky Derby” above and the “Five Fastest Runnings” listed below by year, name, distance, and time. Colors are yellow and green on a frosted background. Back has a complete listing of all past winners from 1875-1954, including their winning times, along with the notation at the bottom that “From 1875 to 1895 inclusive the distance was 1-1/2 mile; in 1896 it was changed to 1-1/4 mile.” Glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. We are thrilled to have four of these rare old glasses and price is for each. All 4 are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $165.00 each plus s/h and insurance

 

  **3 sold ** 1 remaining **

 

1956 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass - 2 tails, 1 star

This is one of the famous (infamous?) 1956 “Tale of the Tails” Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses. 1956 must have been a bad year for mint julep glass production because the official glass wound up being produced in four variations! The glass features three horses and the manufacturer obviously intended that all three of them have tails. But oops! On some glasses, only two of the horses have tails and these are called “Two Tails” glasses. It was also intended that the glass have two stars, one on each side, near the top. But oops again! Some glasses have only have one star and are called “One Star.”  So depending on how many tails and how many stars, the four variations are “One Star Two Tails,” “One Star Three Tails,” “Two Stars Two Tails,” and “Two Stars Three Tails.” Whew! Got all that? This glass is the “One Star Two Tails” version. It is completely frosted and the design wraps all the way around, consisting of the Churchill Downs spires and three stylized horses and jockeys thundering down the track, with “Kentucky Derby” above on one side and “Churchill Downs” above on the other side. Colors are brown, black, and yellow. The 1875-1955 winners list also wraps all the way around and is in green, with no markings for Triple Crown winners Glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter and is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $275.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

1956 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass - 2 tails, 2 stars

This is one of the famous (infamous?) 1956 “Tale of the Tails” Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses. 1956 must have been a bad year for mint julep glass production because the official glass wound up being produced in four variations! The glass features three horses and the manufacturer obviously intended that all three of them have tails. But oops! On some glasses, only two of the horses have tails and these are called “Two Tails” glasses. It was also intended that the glass have two stars, one on each side, near the top. But oops again! Some glasses have only one star and are called “One Star.” So depending on how many tails and how many stars, the four variations are  “One Star Two Tails,” “One Star Three Tails,” “Two Stars Three Tails,” and “Two Stars Two Tails.” Whew! Got all that? This glass is the “Two Stars Two Tails” version. It is completely frosted and the design wraps all the way around, consisting of the Churchill Downs spires and three stylized horses and jockeys thundering down the track, with “Kentucky Derby” above on one side and “Churchill Downs” above on the other side. Colors are brown, black, and yellow. The 1875-1955 winners list also wraps all the way around and is in green, with no markings for Triple Crown winners Glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter and is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $260.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

1956 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass - 3 tails, 2 stars

This is one of the famous (infamous?) 1956 “Tale of the Tails” Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses. 1956 must have been a bad year for mint julep glass production because the official glass wound up being produced in four variations! The glass features three horses and the manufacturer obviously intended that all three of them have tails. But oops! On some glasses, only two of the horses have tails and these are called “Two Tails” glasses. It was also intended that the glass have two stars, one on each side, near the top. But oops again! Some glasses have only one star and are called “One Star.” So depending on how many tails and how many stars, the four variations are  “One Star Two Tails,” “One Star Three Tails,” “Two Stars Three Tails,” and “Two Stars Two Tails.” Whew! Got all that? This glass is the complete, as intended, “Two Star Three Tails” version. It is completely frosted and the design wraps all the way around, consisting of the Churchill Downs spires and three stylized horses and jockeys thundering down the track, with “Kentucky Derby” above on one side and “Churchill Downs” above on the other side. Colors are brown, black, and yellow. The 1875-1955 winners list also wraps all the way around and is in green, with no markings for Triple Crown winners Glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter and is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $260.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

1957 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

This is a 1957 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass. It is completely frosted with gold, black, and white printing. The front depicts a stylized race horse and jockey surrounded by gold stars, underneath which is “Kentucky Derby.” The back depicts a different stylized race horse and jockey surrounded by gold stars, underneath which is “Churchill Downs.” Each side of the glass features a black line drawing of one of the Churchill Downs spires. The names of all past winners from 1875-1956 are listed in white around the bottom portion of the glass. This glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $135.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

 only 1 available

 

1958 Kentucky Derby Gold Bar mint julep glass

This is a 1958 Kentucky Derby Gold Bar mint julep glass, so named because there were actually two glasses produced in 1958. This Gold Bar glass has two frosted panels, each depicting a black line drawing of two race horses ridden by gold jockeys, to the right of which is a “gold bar” with a gold-on-gold Churchill Downs spire and head-on horse and rider. Underneath the drawings, the front panel lists Kentucky Derby winners from 1875-1916 and the back panel lists winners from 1917-1957. Between the panels, the left side says “Churchill Downs” in gold lettering and the right side says “Kentucky Derby,” also in gold letters. (The second 1958 mint julep glass, named the Iron Liege glass, was actually produced from overstocked 1957 glasses, which were restamped to add the name of the 1957 winner Iron Liege.) This Gold Bar glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratches, or gold loss. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $240.00 each plus s/h and insurance

 

 only 1 available

 

1958 Kentucky Derby Gold Bar error glass

This is an exceedingly rare 1958 Kentucky Derby Gold Bar “error” mint julep glass. It looks exactly like the 1958 Gold Bar glass listed immediately above, BUT there’s a mistake. The gold-lettered “Churchill Downs” and “Kentucky Derby” between the two frosted panels are missing! Every once in awhile such mistakes are made, and collectors go nuts for these “error glasses.” Error glasses appreciate in value even faster than their perfect counterparts. For instance, a regular 2000 Kentucky Derby glass is worth $10 today, but a 2000 error glass (with a pink rose instead of a red rose) is already worth $85! This Gold Bar “error” glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratches, or gold loss. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $300.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

1961 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass

This is a 1961 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass. The pictures and the list of Kentucky Derby winners from 1875-1960 wrap around the entire glass, so there’s no “front” or “back” of the glass. The pictures are of Churchill Downs and two horses and riders dashing past the finish line. Says “Kentucky Derby” and “Churchill Downs.” The winners’ list has no markings for Triple Crown winners or fillies. Glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. We have six of these glasses and price is for each. All are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $140.00 plus s/h and insurance

 

   ** 3 sold ** 3 remaining **

 

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