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Posted 4 years ago

sweetpea22
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Looking for some information on this whiskey bottle. I purchased it at an estate sale in the Philadelphia Area. I believe the decorative overlay is pewter. The ornate flip open top may be sterling. Underneath the overlay, the bottle reads Hannis Distill Co. And I think, Reuse of Bottle Prohibited. Any info on age/value would be greatly appreciated. I couldn't find anything like it on the internet.

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  1. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
    Est. 1863.
    The company was established in 1863 by Henry Hannis, who had worked since a boy in John Gibson's liquor store. The company ultimately owned and operated the Mt Vernon distillery in Baltimore, MD. (RD #3). Mt Vernon whiskey was bottled and distributed under an exclusive contract to Cook & Bernheimer Co. of New York.

    They built a second distillery in Martinsburg, West Virginia ("Hannisville Mills": RD #1) somewhere between 1863 and 1866.

    In 1886, the warehouse on Front St was described as being a five--story and basement building that extends through 143 Dock St. The same article (in "Phildelphia's Leading Industries", 1886) notes that James M Rhodes was President, George H Jarden was Secretary and Treasurer.

    The company used the brand names:
    "Acme", "Acme X", "Hannis", "Hannis Copper Distilled Pure Rye", "Hannisville", "Hannisville Pure Rye", "Mount Vernon Rye", "Pure Rye Whiskey", "Tidal Wave", and "Victor."

    Business name timeline:
    H. S. Hannis & Co (1870-1871), Hannis Distilling Co. (1872-1917)

    Address timeline:
    216-218 S Front (1870-1917) & 143 Dock (1878-1891)

    Have a look for a fineness mark as sterling was often used to encase the bottles.

    T A
  2. sweetpea22 sweetpea22, 4 years ago
    TubeAmp,

    Thank you for the information. I have not been able to find a fine mark on the bottle. Any idea how old it may be?
  3. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
    The company closed in 1917, and was only known by that name since 1872, so it's in that 45 year period. Sorry I cannot be more helpful.

    T A
  4. sweetpea22 sweetpea22, 4 years ago
    Thank you for the information. I will be listing the bottle on eBay this evening.

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