For once it’s gone, it’s gone forever
Rare, matching pair of “tree branch” style hitching posts. Both posts are complete and ready to install. Most hitching post have a classic horse-head style or an expressive tree trunk design. This set seems to mimic a single branch with vines wrapping around it. We were unable to find others like it or additional information on the style the set is made in.
6″ W x 5’5″ H
E&J Burke Bottles
On a recent trip out in Western Pennsylvania Jay came across a dust covered crate of antique E&J Burke bottles. The array of colors probably hadn’t seen the light of day in over 100 years! These bottles carried stout beer from Dublin, Ireland during Guinness’ early days until they set up shop in New York City. They cleaned up nice and look great in one of our shop windows.
Here’s a little more history on this find:
“Of the bigger firms doing the most business with Guinness, the three largest and most important historically were Read Brothers, founded in 1871; Robert Porter & Company, founded in 1848; and the firm of E. & J. Burke, founded in 1849. As we have seen, Edward and John Burke were the first cousins of Benjamin Lee Guinness, and like him, were grandsons of the first Arthur Guinness…Burke was based in Liverpool, although they also maintained offices in New York and Dublin…The largest market for E. & J. Burke was the United States, to which they also exported Bass Ale, and where they dominated the Guinness trade until the early twentieth century. Indeed, between 1864 and 1874, Burke had the exclusive rights to use the Guinness trademark label in the United States (although others could sell Guinness in the United States).” –Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint, by Bill Yenne