Featured is a rather interesting tin sign from the Old Crow Sour Mash Whiskey Brand, made by the W.A. Gaines Company. The W. A. Gaines Company started in 1868 in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky and remained in business until the start of prohibition. The use of rats crawling over the sour mash whiskey bottle baffles me,…Details
This is an extremely rare stoneware advertising jug from Jos Vonnahme Grocer and Liquor Dealer in E. Saint Louis, Illinois. Circa 1880’s. Mr. Vonnahme was in business as one of the leading merchants in East Saint Louis at least until 1910, as he advertised in a local booklet in that year. The beehive shape and unique top of the jug help date the item as being from the 1880’s and not later than that era. East St. Louis is right across the river from St. Louis, MO. This jug is the only one known to exist from any of the members in both the IL and the MO stoneware clubs.