Sedgwick Rye Whiskey, ROG Sign, A. Bauer & Co., Chicago, IL. Ca. 1900

Featured is a beautiful glass chipped sign from the A. Bauer & Company Distillery Agency, formerly located in Chicago, IL.   This reverse on glass designed advertisement advertises the companies Sedgwick Rye brand.    The sign was most likely made by the Rawson and Evans Sign Company, which was also based in Chicago from the late 1800’s until the early 20th century.  The Rawson and Evans company was notorious for their usage of black and white coloring in their chipped glass designs.  Unfortunately today the art of making chipped glass signs is almost unheard of, as the process is simply too time consuming and expensive.  Either way, this is a great pre-prohibition era advertisement for one of their brands of rye whiskey.

The A. Bauer & Company Distillery was started in Chicago in 1893.   The company stayed in business until the start of prohibition, which occurred in 1918.   The Company was located at 158 Huron Street, but later moved to 227-233 Huron Street before it went out of business.   Some of their other brands besides the Sedgwick Rye offering were the Anchor Brand Peppermint Schnapps, Belle of Kentucky, Dan Patch, Graham Rye, Old Rampart, Sir John Canada Malt, and Torrance AAA.