You can determine the value of a Jim Beam bottle by the color, the design of the bottle and the material used. The age, edition and condition of the bottle also play a part in determining value. When looking at the material used, glass is the most common, but many glass bottles still hold value because of the type of glass used. Design is important because interesting designs may have higher value because of the appeal to a collector.
The condition of bottles have a big effect on the value of the bottles, as most collectors prefer the bottles in the best condition possible. Things that lower the value of the bottle include cracks, fading labels, missing parts and scratches.
Decanter collector clubs, such as the L.A. Whiskey Society and the Jim Beam Club, are good resources to help determine the value of whiskey decanters and bottles. Their websites provided photos of old bottles and decanters to give you a rough estimate of the values.
The value of whiskey bottles range widely. Bottles made in the Western United States between 1860 and 1910 are highly sought after, with some selling for as much as $12,000. The more common bottles made in this era sell between $100 and $1000. Limited-edition bottles and decanters value depend on how many were produced and for how long.