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 a rare whiskey stoneware jug made by the Ravarino Freschi Company in Staunton, Illinois, 1900. The Ravarino Freschi Company became nationally known for their pasta products sold under the R&F Company name. Prior to the founders relocation to St. Louis, MO to start their business, they owned a small general store in Staunton, IL about 40 miles from downtown St. Louis. This general store closed around 1900, the same time they started their pasta business. The R&F company was later bought out by the American Italian Pasta Company based in Kansas City, MO.