The holiday season is upon us and eBay is slowing to a crawl as both sellers and bidders alike turn off their computers and rush around insanely trying to find a gift for Aunt Maud and trying to remember just who the heck "Jack and Cindy Cooper" are in order to write something meaningful on their Christmas card. It's becoming difficult to find even a run-of-the-mill Hayner out there. OK, not that difficult.
But there was one glass of
note - a wonderful red/white-etched Elevation
Rye from Ferdinand Westheimer & Son of St. Joseph Mo.
A little faded
in places and desperately in need of a good wash, but definitely a rare
and desirable glass. Brothers Samuel and Ferdinand Westheimer
started a wholesale liquor business in 1871 but separated in 1882 and set
up independent stores. Ferd. took on his sons as partners in 1887
and in 1904 Samuel did the same. Both firms operated until Prohibition.
Ferdinand's brands included "Red Top Rye", one of the hottest names in the pre-pro
Note that some previous picks for "Shot of the Week" can be found in The Archives.
last updated: January 23, 2004
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