Escorial Grün


On Monday I came across a bunch of stuff in front of a home on Hotel-de-Ville. I saved a plastic container marked “fragile” inside of which was a number of older liquor bottles wrapped in newspaper. Many of them are full and unopened.

The most notable of the group are a bottle of O’Keefe beer with “1955” written on it in pen, a little bottle of Usquaebach Scotch that looks to be from the 70s, and a bottle of 112 Proof “Escorial Grün” from Germany (in the nice white bottle second from the left in the second row). Grün is green in German but I’m not sure what Escorial means.

It seems like a few of these could have value but they’re hard to sell given the fact that Ebay bans sales of alcohol. I’ll probably end up selling the majority of them at a yard sale.


I felt motivated and decided to do my Villeray trash run on Monday evening with the knowledge that it was supposed to rain a lot on Tuesday. I came away with a couple of nice teapots and this cute vintage lamp I figure I can get 20$ for.

The weather report for Tuesday was spot on. I went out for thirty minutes or so but I didn’t see much and decided to take the day off. I put a few things on Ebay and CL, including the silver coin from Germany and the St John’s Ambulance memorabilia. I started the St John’s stuff at 12$ and it’s been pretty popular, gaining a couple of bids and 13 “watchers” in less than a day.

Today’s my day off and I’m going to do a bit more of the same. I still have that Sony DVCAM player/recorder put to auction.

6 thoughts on “Escorial Grün”

  1. That Escorial Grün liqueur is a sharp sweet distillate from herbs. (sounds horrible!) The Usquaebach Scotch sounds like something I’d enjoy though.

    The lamp is decal decorated, but should get you $20 (it looks about the vintage of the ones my mum has, so I’m thinking ca. 1975).

  2. re those bottles/liquor, i bet there is a collectors club in your city. have heard of such. if you do some research, you might find them and either get a buyer or info.

    1. Just curious; what’s your schedule usually like each week if the weather permits?

      1. My usual schedule is:

        Monday and Thursday mornings (around 7:30-10) – Rosemont
        Monday and Thursday evenings (4:30-7) – Western Plateau
        Tuesday and Friday mornings: Villeray or Rosemont (towards what is apparently called Cote-Visitation) or Hochelaga. I choose based on my “gut” but the first two have become my favorites.
        Tuesday and Friday Afternoons: Eastern Plateau

        I have weekends off (I think there might be trash days on the weekends in faraway lands such as St Leonard but it’s not worth it for me to go). I have Wednesdays off too.

  3. Martin,I am delighted,delighted by your blog.I search for knickknacks,dolls and paintings in trash.I search mostly in NDG ,Montreal West,etc.I also salvage home decoration magazines from recycling bins.I saw an ad recently on Craigslist from an artist who was looking for old National Geographic magazines.He doesn’t realize that tons of National Geographics and other magazines can be found in recycling bins.I have rescued 25 National Geographic magazines from recycling bins in the last year and read them for pleasure and keep them for reference.Why don’t more people rescue good stuff from big blue or green recycling bins with lids on top?All you have to do is open the lid and look.This artist should be doing that.You should also rescue quality magazines from recycling bins.

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