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    Posted 5 years ago

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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, 5 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, 5 years ago

      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, 5 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, 5 years ago
      Thank you for the information. I will be listing the bottle on eBay this evening.

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