Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dog-on Good Whiskey!

Kennel Club
 
You read it right, it's not Dog Gone Good Whiskey, It's Dog-on Good Whiskey. That's a catchy little phrase.
 
The logo that bore the slogan is just as catchy!
 
 
 
As Paul Harvey used to say, many years ago, "Here's the rest of the story".
 
Rusconi & Fisher first appeared as a partnership in the 1898 San Francisco directory. For two years the newcomers kept a low profile, with only a small listing in the Crocker directory to advertise their existence.
 
In the ensuing years, they became a power in the S. F. wholesale liquor market, no doubt due to the popularity of the Kennel Club brand, which they had sole agency of. The brand was so successful that the glass works that produced the bottles for the product utilized no fewer than four different molds.
 
(remember - just click on the photos and they will open in a separate large format - high resolution - window.)
 
 
 
The first big push for the Kennel Club brand occurred in the Pacific Wine and Spirit Review of 1900. The dog (apparently some type of hound) became the mascot for Kennel Club whisky (note Ky and not Key), their flagship brand.
 
 
 
 
The bottle on the far right in the lineup is quite obviously the earliest of the four variants. The first bottle has all the attributes of having been blown by an eastern firm. The mold is amateurish in appearance, and the bottle is notably cruder than the other three. The slug plate is oblong in appearance and the lettering does not resemble anything we are accustomed to seeing on western produced fifths. The tooling of the top does not resemble western techniques and the base mark is an oddball. It has three numbers contained within a drawn out diamond shape. It's the bottle on the far right, and is under a fifth, but more than a sixth, in capacity.
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The next bottle (2nd from right) is slightly larger, has a smooth base (no basemark) and has embossing which looks very much western in appearance. It is heavily air vented and the embossing is crisp and well executed. This mold, and the ensuing bottles blown in it, were no doubt, a product of the San Francisco and Pacific Glass Works (SFPGW).
 
 
  
 

The next bottle (3rd from the right - 2nd from the left) is a no brainer when it comes to dating. The base mark is 32H, which attributes the bottle to Abramson Heunisch Glass Works of San Francisco. Abramson Heunisch were the successors to the "SFPGW". The base mark dates the mold to ca. 1900, when the firm opened their new glass works at the corner of 15th and Folsom in San Francisco. The H base marks ran in numerical sequence, starting in 1900. This mold was used from 1900 - 1906, when the firm was temporarily incapacitated by the Great Earthquake & Fire.
 
 
 


 
In 1907, the firm name was changed to Rusconi, Fisher & Co. A new ad campaign was embarked upon (pun intended) and the hound was now pictured perched atop of a hogshead of Kennel Club.

 
 
  
 
 
It was at this point in time that they also
commissioned a watch fob and an etched shot glass to help with the brands visibility. Note that the spelling of Whiskey on the shot glass - "Key", indicating that it was now distilled, blended and rectified in S. F., as opposed to Kentucky (Ky).
 
 
 
 
 

This variant is the bottle on the far left of the lineup, and is the last of the series of cylinder fifth molds blown for Rusconi Fisher. It has "& Co." added to the embossing pattern. This bottle utilizes the same base and rear half mold as the middle bottle, which as noted before dates to ca. 1900 - 1906. A new front half mold was cut and exchanged for the earlier one which was sans "& Co.". This mold was the last cylinder used.
 












 
 

Around 1910 the rectangular Full Quart became the standard. A mold was cut for the "tanker", (Barnett #708), embossed simply Rusconi Fisher & Co. San Francisco".  The reverse of the tanker no doubt sported labels for Kennel Club, as well as the other brands that the company sold. This bottle was utilized until 1917, when the company shut it doors for good.
 
 
Quite the run; 19 years in business. Yep, that's a Dog on Good run!
 
(Photo credits; watch fob - ebay seller "2chic2beshabby", shot glass - collection of the late Ken Schwartz, tanker - courtesy of friends Pete and Shannon H.)

 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Whether your New Years Eve was like this!
 
 
 
Or like this~
 
 
 
Western Whiskey Gazette wishes one and all nothing but the best in 2015.
 


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pre-Pro Shot Glasses



 

Pre-Pro Shot Glasses

Winter 2014
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A few small footnotes; We don’t sell via online auction sites; never have / never will! Instead, we prefer to deal with fellow collectors in the same friendly manner that we have for the past three plus decades. Crisp, unaltered photos of any item are available via email for the asking. All shipping costs are at net via USPS based on 97530 as the shipping point. USPS will not honor a damage claim unless specific procedures are followed. In the unlikely event that an item is damaged in transit, you must call us immediately upon receipt so that we can assist in processing the claim.
Welcome to the latest Pre-Pro shot glass list. This list includes a goodly number from my personal collection. Good shots, especially western, have become increasingly hard to acquire. It would appear that pre-pro collecting has hit it's stride. Please feel free to call or email with questions. As always crisp, unaltered digital photos are available via email for the asking.
Please Note; All items subject to prior sale.

 
Shot Glasses
 

We've recently acquired a group of very scarce glasses, many of which have not previously been documented.
 
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SUNSHINE / OLD RESERVE / RYE WHISKEY (all on a picture of a barrel end with grain stalks to either side) / L SONNENSCHEIN / CHICAGO.: Gold rim - slight thinning, crisp pattern, a very attractive picture glass. #174-8

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MORVILLE (arched) / AAA (on a frosted banner) / WHISKEY; Gold rim - slight thinning, excellent etc, a tough San Francisco Taussig glass. #116-2

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Banquet / PURE RYE / BANQUET / RYE (etched on facimile of a cork top fifth bottle)) / THE PEOPLES CHOICE / BOTTLED ONLY BY / HOLIHAN BROS / LAWRENCE, MASS.; Outstanding picture glass, etch is crisp, first of these we've seen. #29-2

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Capitol Liquor Company / WHOLESALE LIQUOR DEALERS R L / 411 NORTH MAIN STREET, / LOS ANGELES CAL.; gold rim, we have two, one has a slight rub on the bottom line of the pattern, the other is a standout.

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COMPLIMENTS OF / KRUG BROS. CO., / 431 STATE ST. / SANTA BARBARA, CAL. / PHONES / PACIFIC 172 / HOME 228; gold rim - shows some thinning, a larger than normal glass. excellent pattern with a notably strong etch, first we've seen, an unlisted So. Cal glass.

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OLD / PEPPER / (Large shield - same as on the fifth bottle) / TRADE MARK. / CARROLL & CARROLL; gold rim, outstanding etch, a crude glass - lots of character, another first. #137-6

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SAN FRANCSICO (in a downward arch) / 1894 (pattern surrounded by wreaths)- reverse (in copper wheel cut script)  "CLIFFORD";  now this glass has some history! research 1894 S.F. Mid-Winter exposition. Held in Golden Gate park for six months in 1894, the fair drew over 2 MILLION visitors, this is a souvenir glass from the whiskey pavilion. Undocumented.

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GILT EDGE / (picture of a crown) / WHISKEY (reverse arched); exemplary etch, best we've seen, this picture glass is from firm of Wichmann & Lutgen - San Francisco. Killer! #73-5

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OLD JUDGE / TRCo (monogram) / WHISKEY / THE ROTHENBERG CO. / SAN FRANCISCO.; I've never seen this glass before, note "The R-berg Co." outstanding etch with fancy patterned lettering, fluted, a couple of very small rim flecks at 9 o'clock. #133-5

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FULL QUART HOUSE (arched) / C&Co (monogram - three-line curlicue) / CONRADO & CO. / 1943 MISSION ST. / S.F.; bold etch, swirls in the glass, attic mint, a rare one. #71-5

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CALIFORNIA WINE CO.) / SWOPE BROS. / = CWCo = (logo) /ANAHEIM,CAL.; gold rim - some thinning, great etch, sun colored purple, rare & fancy So. Cal. glass, a 1st - rare, #32-7.

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Mazeppa (old English) / HILDEBRANDT POSNER & CO. / San Francisco. / CAL. gold rim, very crisp and pronounced etch, attic perfect, only the 2nd example we've seen, #108-9

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NELSON COUNTY (arched) / HAND / MADE / OLD GRAND DAD / SOUR / MASH WHISKY. ). two circles OLD GRAND DAD outlined across the center of the circle. gold rim - some slight thinning, neat etch pattern, good etch - couple of small light skips, #118-7

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Compliments / of the / IND. WINE & LIQ. CO.  / 549 HAYES ST. / SAN FRANCISCO; gold rim, bold - crisp etch, looks like it was made yesterday, I've never seen this one either. #50-6

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OLD STYLE/ YOSEMITE /  HAND MADE / SOUR MASH / WOODFORD CO.  KY. WHISKEY (all in  stop sign shaped shield) / YOSEMITE / THE J.J. Douglas Co. @  / LOUISVILLE, KY. gold rim, extremely crisp & strong etch, previously undocumented, this is an exceptional pre-pro glass, a fancy glass with full face etching, this example is attic perfect.

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DRINK / "THE OWL" / delicate curlicue designs: DD.(logo) / DAVIS & DRAKE, / BOSTON  / WHISKEY. reverse - EVERY TIME / (arched) / WE DRINK (curlicues) / THINGS LOOK DIFFERENT; I doubt if you could fit anymore pattern on this glass~ gold rim - slight thinning,  very crisp and bold etch, this is a very fancy glass, rare and unlisted.

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DRINK / NATIONAL GUARD (arched) / (picture of militiaman with rifle and cannon TRADE MARK  / VERY FINE / WHISKEY / NATIONAL LIQUOR STORE / H. J. LEBOVITZ PROP. / 6311 SO. HALSTED ST. CHICAGO.; gold rim, exceptional etch, every letter is crisp and readable, dead mint, a delicately shaped tapered glass, a fancy & rare picture glass, #63-3

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National / WINE CO. (in a banner) / Fifth and Stark Sts. / PORTLAND, OR. barrel shaped glass, quite a bit of character and swirls, good etch,  another that we've not had prior, #118-4

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STANDARD / Liquor Co. / Salem, Oregon.; straight sided glass, chunky lettering, etch is about an 8 to a 7 on the bottom line - not weak - could be better, we once had the 5th, #171-8

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Kellogg (in downward arch) / Whiskey; (in huge bold letters), (product of Wilmerding – Lowe of S.F.) clear  good etch, larger glass with different pattern,  bold and crisp etch. #96-8

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OLD / GRAND-DAD / (picture of a bespectacled gent with an upraised glass in his left hand) / WHISKEY; this is a fluted Highball picture glass, incredible detail, crisp etch, crudity in the glass, one tiny light scratch up high on the glass,  this has everything going for it! #130-6

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OLD BOONE (etched picture of a frontiersman sitting on a tree stump, a dog lying at his feet. He carries a shotgun in his right hand and a hat in his left.); this is a fluted Highball picture glass, incredible detail, crisp etch, crudity in the glass, a killer unlisted picture glass!

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CARROLL / RYE / HIGHBALL; sun colored purple, swirls in the glass, crude, a product of Louis Taussig of San Francisco, unlisted with out gold rim, 1st we've seen. #36-2

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Barclay's / Royal Canadian / RYE  WHISKEY; another highball glass, internally fluted, double gold rim and band, unusual looking - fancy glass, unlisted and undocumented.

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R.H. / Parker Whiskey (surrounded by a wreath of grain stalks) Highball; internally fluted, unusual looking - fancy glass, unlisted and undocumented. Another first.

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"Highball" / I.W. / / Harper, / FROM OLD / KENTUCKY. (surrounded by frosted dots in a circle with a small bow at the bottom). Gold rim - some thinning, bold strong etch, unlisted.

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OLD SPRING WHISKEY; high ball size, bold etch and gutsy font, "Spring" is shaped like a football, Whiskey is in stylized Old English font, bold etch, unlisted, undocumented.

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DRINK / THE GEO. T. STAGG CO. INCORPORATED DISTILLER  / OFC logo in center / FRANKFORT KENTUCKY / WHISKEY (pictorial graphics of ears of corn and barley are a 7 and 2 oclock adjacent to the main embossing pattern); yet another highball glass, crisp & bold etch, incredible detail, glass has quite a bit of character, unlisted, undocumented.

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C.P.MOORMAN&CO. (etched on the pennant flying atop the mast of a fully-rigged sailboat. Old  / J.H. / CUTTER / WHISKIES (three lines slanted the mainsail); fluted highball glass, this is an unlisted San Francisco glass distributed by A. P. Hotaling, the glass leans to the left and has a ton of character, an exceptionally rare western glass, unlisted. The best we've had.

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Paul / Jones / Highball (lettering surrounded by a frosted wreath with ribbon ties); and yet another unlisted glass, fluted, crisp and detailed etch, a showy glass, unlisted, undocumented.

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Yellowstone (old English script) / HIGHBALL; fluted, crisp and detailed etch, unlisted,

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SOUVENIR / LEWIS & CLARK / 1805 / 1905 (between two dates are frosted cameos featuring heads of Lewis and Clark, looking inward, at left and right respectively. CAPT.MERIWETHER LEWIS, CAPT.WILLIAM CLARK) / CENTENNIAL / PORTLAND, / OREGON. (eagle perched on a frosted globe, a shield-shaped map in its beak). (picture featuring buildings of the exposition with a mountain in the background).; one could not have possibly crammed more onto a glass, glass is like new and was still packed in tissue when it arrived. Every detail is crisp - clear - and legible, an amazing piece of history. Unlisted.
 
 
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Ambrose Bros. / Fresno ; clear, strong etch, odd shaped heavy “knob style” base, thick walled sides, perfect

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Brunswick / Private Stock / Siebe Bros. & Plageman / San Francisco; light amethyst, very crisp etch, dead mint, we’ve seen three – one was damaged and now this one, a rare glass.

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Capitol Liquor Company / Reuben & Lane (in banner) / fancy logo with huge eagle / 411 North Main Street / Los Angeles Cal.; gold rim shows wear, etching worn @ base, fancy.

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Capitol / OK / Whiskey; (another Roth product from S.F.), clear w/ light purple tint, internally fluted, bold outlined etch, well detailed and defined stencil, 1st in a couple of years

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Baehr’s / Celebrated Straight Whiskies / 110 E. 8th St. / Kansas City, Mo. Unlisted smaller size variant of #19-1. 3mm x 1mm lip flake. A very diminutive glass and perhaps unique.

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Clarke’s Pure Rye. #14-3, great etch - fancy graphics, a fancy glass in tip top condition.

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Compliments of Boone Spring- Distillery Co. Inc. / 112 West 3rd St. / Telephones / Home A 4008 Broadway / Angeles Cal.; clear, larger glass, full face etching is strong, gold rim worn

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J. F. Cutter / Star within Shield / fancy filigrees border monogram / Whiskey / E. Martin & Co.; crisp etch – stronger than most, gold rim shows slight wear, no excuses, strong example

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Cyrus Noble / Old Goods; (top line is arched – bottom line is straight;  product of Crown Distilleries / Lilienthal & CO. of S.F., good etch, clear, good strong etch.

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Daniel Schaeffer's / ornate vignette of Daniel surrounded by a log cabin on the left and a forested scene on the right / Log Cabin Whiskey / Made in our Family Since 1836; glass is the mate to the Daniel Schaeffer's Log Cabin amber cylinder produced by Goldschmidt Bros. of Los Angeles Cal., it is unlisted and believed unique, etching is crisp - ornate - & detailed, gold rim shows slight thinning, this an exceptional western picture glass. One of the top 10.
See http://www.westernwhiskeytooltopgazette.com/2010/04/and-then-there-were-three.html

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DD inside fancy logo with sprigs of grain behind it / Detrich  / Registered Distillery No. 60 / 10th District Ohio / Distillers of Pure Rye and Bourbon in banner / The Detrich Distilling Co. / Dayton Ohio; clear, crisp etch, just plain fancy – etched top to bottom, small lip fleck.

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Delmonico (in slanted script, curlicues above and below) ; strong & crisp etch, slightly misshapen and crude with swirls and a couple of seed bubbles.

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Drink / Berrys / Diamond Wedding (superimposed over a diamond pattern with horizontal lines running L to R) / Whiskey Boston, Mass.; clear, very detailed etch, 1mm lip nick, fancy.

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Germania / Peppermint / Schnapps (intertwined with intricate scrollwork); bold yet intricate etching, fancy glass that tapers sharply outward toward lip, character, unlisted and fancy

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Green Mountain / Distillery / MAKERS (arched) / OF THE / CELEBRATED (arched) / GREEN MOUNTAIN / RYE & BOURBON (slanted) / KANSAS CITY, Mo.; blue green transfer, gold rim shows some wear, a couple of flakes to the inside of the lip (the gold rim hides them), a fancy glass.

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Harvey's Bourbon & Rye / Whiskies / Jos. Melczer & Co. / Los Angeles, Cal.; graduated glass with "1 Wine Glass" / "Table" & "Tea" markings, crisp, A new & unlisted LA Cal. glass!

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The Hayner Distilling Co. / Trade Mark 1866 in horseshoe – Hayner on barrel end – sheaf’s of grain / Registered / Dayton O. & St. Louis. Mo; no gold rim, ornate, clear, perfect etch.

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The Hayner Distilling Co. / Trade Mark 1866 in horseshoe – Hayner on barrel end – sheaf’s of grain / Registered / Dayton O. & St. Louis. Mo; 98% gold rim, ornate, clear, perfect etch.
 
Kellerstrass (arched, old English type) / PURE RYE / DISTILLING CO. (reverse arched) / St. Louis, MO. USA; good etch, decent gold rim, some un-disolved flux in the glass presents with an interesting swirled pattern, this is the unlisted St. Louis single line variant.

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Kellerstrass (arched, old English type) / PURE RYE / DISTILLING CO. (reverse arched) / KANSAS CITY. MO.; good etch gold rim is thinning, couple of tiny non-distracting in manufacture rough spots have gold in them / been there since day one.

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JUDGE KELLY; (who was Judge Kelly?) clear, some crudity, bold block etching, western? eastern? distributor? scratch on reverse, pin point rough spot on lip, a rare and unlisted glass

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KING EDWARD VII (arched) / (small crown with a banner) / STRAIGHT / WHISKEY / J.G.PHILPOTT CO. / Port Huron,Mich. / U.S.A.; crude with bubbles and swirls, good etch

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Kentucky / Tavern / Straight Whiskey / Jas. Thompson & Bro. / Louisville Ky.; clear, bold etching covers entire front of glass, fancy patterns, one 1 mm inside flake – couple tiny rubs

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Keystone Liquor Store / Fred L. Kemling / 32 North First Street / San Jose, Cal.; clear diminutive font is well etched, crude, bubbles, no post-production flaws, scarce glass

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W. A. Lacey / W. A. Lacey Pure Hand Made Sour Mash Whiskey (all on barrel end logo) / Whiskey; (of Lilienthal S.F. fame), clear, crude lip, some etching loss exists at the top – pattern is easily discernable but the excuse is still there, this is a very scarce S.F. glass.

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LOCKBOX 290. /  picture of wheat sheaves / Horseshoe TRADE 1866 MARK  / HAYNER in Barrel / REGISTERED / DAYTON.O.U.S.A.; a fancy and unlisted variant with great graphics.

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Compliments Of / ornate and detailed etch of a mission with palm trees / "Old Mission at San Diego, Oldest in the State, founded in 1769 / Los Angeles Brewing Co; this is a first for us, we've had a couple of other mission glasses from this firm but not San Diego, a very detailed pattern is present although it is a bit light (appears in manufacture not wear) overall, rare.

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Mangross / Quality Deluxe / American Wines; tall glass flares out to lip, light SCA, strong etching, unlisted, free of excuses

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MYERS & COMPANY / PURE / FULTON / BRAND / / COVINGTON, KY. USA; some rough spots and nibbles on rim at rear, decent etch, a good starter glass.

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P. Morevilles / AAA (on frosted scroll) / Old Bourbon / Louis Taussig & CO. / Sole Agents / Pacific Coast (all etching is contained within a barrel end border); very bold and crisp etch, gold rim shows wear, an older and sought after glass, I have a labeled embossed cylinder for AAA 1864 Old Bourbon and the design is virtually identical, a rare item in mint shape!

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Jesse / Moore; (in stylized script) crude, a very small glass, etching is strong and crisp, a first for us.

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Jesse / Moore; (in stylized bold script) crude, a little lean to the right, clear, etching is strong and crisp, standard shot size, A tough western glass. Also have one in sun colored amethyst.

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Jesse / Moore; (in stylized bold script), taller glass than previous, clear, etching is also strong and crisp, get both glasses, another good one.

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MORVILLE (arched) / AAA (letters are tsp on a frosted banner) / WHISKEY; gold rim is in good shape, this exact pattern is present on one of the labeled and embossed Louis Taussig amber fifths in my collection, crisp etch, a rare and showy glass from S.F., only our 2nd one.

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Normandex (on an upward sloping angle-  left to right / fancy horizontal scrollwork similar to a Victorian snow-crest / Cleveland, Ohio / additional ornate Victorian  designs; clear, great etch, an unlisted glass - internally paneled never seen, could be a sleeper.

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Normandex (on an upward sloping angle-  left to right / fancy horizontal scrollwork similar to a Victorian snow-crest / Cleveland, Ohio / additional ornate Victorian  designs; this is an absolute anomaly in that it is an unlisted glass - internally paneled in a wonderful rich green color (the actual glass – not the pattern) resembling depression glass, the etch is extremely well executed – rich, ornate and crisp, it is notably crude and will be a centerpiece!

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Old Clarke Bourbon. 126-2, 2mm x 1mm fleck off lip on left.

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The Old Government / The Perfection of Whiskey; (another product of Rathjen Mercantile of S.F – see Fine Old Billie Taylor glass) clear, crude, lopsided at the top, good etching

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Old Forrester. Unlisted - produced by Vogt - Applegate. Mint.

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Old I. W. Harper (surrounded by sheaves of grain and wreathes); fancy fluted base, clear, 2 mm flake on lip at 12 o’clock, nice detail in generally crisp – well detailed etch

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Old Huntington / Rye (in odd fancy border) / Schlesinger & Bender Inc.; very light SCA, somewhat light etch, 2 mm lip flake, unlisted variant of a very scarce glass

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Old Judge Whiskey; bold etch, clear, gold rim shows some thinning at the lip, a product of Rothenburg & Co. of S.F. Cal., we've only had a couple of these - last one was in '05

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The / OLD MAID / CO (OP monogram with an eagle head on the top of the P and a frosted banner running on top. grain stalks run behind the monogram).About dead mint, an internally paneled glass, extremely crisp etch, quite a bit of crudity in the glass with a couple of seed bubbles and notable swirling, a top example of a rare variant.

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O!SO Good / fancy intertwined logo / Riegers Whiskey / J. Riegers & Co. Kansas City, Mo ; clear, gold rim worn, still a fancy glass

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O!SO Good / fancy intertwined logo / Riegers Whiskey / J. Riegers & Co. Kansas City, Mo ; clear, good etch, gold rim has some wear, a nice example,

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PACIFIC COAST / WINE & LIQUOR CO. / PHONES: MAIN 5883 / HOME F 2097 / 519 W. SEVENTH ST. / LOS ANGELES, CAL.; light sun colored amethyst, good crisp etch, full faced etching coverage, a scarce LA barrel shaped shot glass and a first for us.

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W. B. Quigly Co. / Wholesale / Liquor Dealers / Oakland Calif; clear, inside flutes, generally excellent etching, two 1 mm rough spots on lip (easier felt than seen), tough one

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Highball / I. W. / Harper / From Old / Kentucky (all inside fancy circular beaded border with a bow at the bottom);  gold rim, crisp and well detailed etch, full face pattern, another unlisted glass.

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R. W. / Parker / Whiskey (surrounded by sheaves of wheat / Highball; a large and extremely ornate glass with multi faceted panels and an exceptionally ornate etching pattern, Rare & Unlisted.

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Royal Stag / O ornate picture of stag - trade mark - K / Bourbon / Ahrens Pein & Bullwinkle; good etching (somwhat weak at very top right and bottom edge of Bullwinkel), gold rim shows wear, touch of crudity, fancy! considered one of the top western picture glasses - free from post production excuses, last one we saw was five years ago, very – very rare!

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Ridgecroft ; (in arch like an upside down smile), clear, one good sized bubble, circular swirls, crisp etching, distributor unknown but looks western to me, about perfect

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Santa Monica Wine Co. / Gai & Co. / Home 1106 Sunset 461; clear, bold etch, touch of character, an in-manufacture flowed bubble is present in the lip (not damage), near mint, rare.

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Santa Rosa Vineyard Co. / exceptionally ornate logo "LG & Co." / 270-272 So. Main St. / Los Angeles, Cal.; excellent etching, gold rim, conventional style, a beautiful & ornate glass.

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Silkwood Whiskey; clear, big bold blocky etch, this is a tough glass that was produced for Laventhal & CO. of S.F. for only a couple of years around 1905 - the S.F. Earthquake polished them off, the bottle is fancy with swirled shoulders, this is the first glass we've seen

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SONOMA WINE CO (arched) / SWCo (letters in ornate circular logo) / 551 SO. MAIN ST. (in rev. arch) / LOS ANGELES, CAL. ; very crisp and detailed ornate pattern double gold rim – single line with band above (band shows some wear), very slight hint of amethyst.

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SONOMA WINE CO / 551 SO. MAIN ST. / LOS ANGELES, CAL. (printed vertically, plus graduations labeled "picture of a hog" LADIES, GENTS"; great etch, rare and unlisted!

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Special Reserve / Pacific Grand / Whiskey / The Samuel Co./ 247 - 249 Bush St. / San Francisco Cal.; bold - crisp strike, extremely crude with lots of swirls, this is a scarce glass and... we've got the matching fifth in bright lemon yellow on the whiskey list right now!

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Sunny Brook. Unlisted Variant / paneled glass - similar to #RRP57, couple of minor rough spots on lip.

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Sunny Brook. different paneled variant.

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SUNNY BROOK (arched) / picture of a man in a cap with INSPECTOR on its band / THE PURE FOOD WHISKEY (reverse arched) / (line); crisp bold etch, 13 panels, couple of small rough spots on tip of lip, a fancy glass with panels and neat graphics. unlisted.

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Turn Halle CafĂ© / And / Old Heidelberg / Kirchber & Hanno / Portland, Ore; clear, various sizes and fonts of etching – all generally exc., gold rim has some wear, 2 mm inside lip nick

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WOODLAND (arched) / (monogram C&C in a shield with grain stalks on each side)/ WHISKEY / CRIGLER & CRIGLER / DISTILLERS / COVINGTON, KY.; red enameled letters are bright and scrip, doubt if it was ever used, a very fancy and scarce glass.

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TWOMEY & (arched) / MIHOLOVICH (arched)/ THE YELLOWSTONE / 22 / MONTGOMERY ST. (also arched)(the entire pattern is contained within an ornate shield with a crown on top); gold rim is all there, pattern is crisp with excellent detail and impeccable coverage, this is a very scarce glass from a turn of the century S.F. saloon.

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F. Zimmerman & Co. / Portland, Or.; medium sun colored amethyst, bold crisp etch, stencil was applied off level - pattern moves upward noticeably from L to R, some crudity as well.

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Compliments of/  F. Zimmerman & Co. / Portland, Or.; another variant not yet documented –the first line runs straight instead of arched, also different spacing and layout than noted on other Zimmermans, clear, good etch, 1mm nick on lip, it's also notably lopsided!
 
Dose Glasses

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Otto Zickes / Druggist / Cor. Clark Av. & Milford St.; typical thick walled WT&Co. style dose glass with all info contained within circular slug on the obverse and graduations on reverse. Origin?
 
Books
 
Historic Shot Glasses - The Pre-Prohibition Era by Barbara Edmonson; 224 pages crammed with information, we have the remaining publishers new inventory. Available postpaid via USPS Media Mail.
 

Old Advertising Spirits Glasses by Barbara Edmonson; Long out of print, we have two new copies in mint condition. 307 pages, complete listing of all glasses documented as of 1988, great cross reference section. A fantastic research tool. Postpaid via USPS Media Mail.

 
Old German Lager (on a pciture of a wooden sign); large beer glass, a ton of graphics, barrel shaped, full face pattern, The Independent Brewing Co. Seattle. Call me for details & or
photos.
 
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