This article is the last
of a three-part series that showcases
the shot glasses of the pre-prohibition period by comparing them to
their modern counterparts. The historical information contained in
this article appears courtesy of (what else?) the
The Old and the New
Dant ran a small still in Kentucky in as early as 1836. He had seven
sons, one of whom was named Jacob Bernard. J. B. Dant built the Cold
Spring Distillery at Gethsemane, Kentucky in 1865 and contracted to sell
his whiskey through Taylor & Williams, a Louisville wholesale liquor
firm. He later took a position with and ultimately assumed control of
Taylor & Williams. Dant is credited with introducing the Yellowstone
brand later acquired by the Glenmore Distillery (see below). Dant brands
include J.W. Dant and Old Ballard.
Shown here are a pre-pro Old
Ballard glass, a modern J. W. Dant glass, and a J.W. Dant magazine
advertisement, circa 1970.
||Calvert whiskey was
named after Lord Calvert, the first governor of Maryland.
The distiller was located in Relay, Maryland. The whiskey
dates back to about 1894.
This pre-pro Calvert glass is truly a beauty. Unfortunately,
the modern Calvert glass is mediocre at best, awful at
The Calvert ad is from
James Thompson, an
Irish immigrant, founded Glenmore Distillery in 1871, naming it after
the castle in Ireland that was near his home. Glenmore’s main whiskey
was Kentucky Tavern. In 1944 the firm purchased the Yellowstone brand
from the Taylor & Williams Distillery of Louisville.
notes in his database that the origins of the Carstairs Company are
confusing because the Carstairs family was a large one, and everyone
seemed to be in the liquor business. James Carstairs, Jr. was the
original member of this company. Records show that in 1860 he was in
partnership with Joseph F. Tobias and George W. Wood.
In 1870 Carstairs & McCall consisted of James C. Carstairs, Jr. and John
C. McCall. In 1879 the name was changed to Carstairs, McCall & Co., the
partners being James C. Carstairs Jr., John C. McCall, and Charles H
By 1890 Daniel H. Carstairs and J. Haseltine Carstairs joined the
company, but the two senior partners (James C. Carstairs and John C.
McCall) died soon after. Daniel H. Carstairs and J. Haseltine Carstairs
continued the name of Carstairs McCall & Co. After the death of James
Carstairs, the company dissolved. Daniel H. Carstairs and J. Haseltine
Carstairs then formed the Stewart Distilling Co., which operated until
Prohibition. (There are no Stewart glasses in the pre-pro database.)
As is so true with most of the glasses pictured in this article, the
modern glasses pale when compared to their pre-pro counterparts. The
post-pro Carstairs glass shown here is certainly no exception. The
advertisement is from 1959.
In 1849 William
Larue Weller began a wholesale liquor business as W. L. Weller & Sons.
After the Civil War, two salesmen, Julian P. Van Winkle and Alex T.
Farnsley, joined the firm, and they purchased the business when Mr.
Weller died. The company’s main brands included Old W. L. Weller.
Messrs. Van Winkle and Farnsley purchased whiskey on the open market and
later contracted for large lots from distillers, one of which was
Stitzel Bros. in Louisville.
During Prohibition W. L. Weller & Sons obtained the Old Fitzgerald brand
from S. C. Herbst. After repeal, the Stizel-Weller Distillery produced
both W.L. Weller and Old Fitzgerald whiskies.
|The W. L. Weller & Sons
pre-pro glass shown here is beautiful, probably designed by
George Truog. (I wrote about Truog glasses in two previous
Alas, Mr. Weller would probably roll
over in his grave if he saw this hideous post-pro version
that bears his name.
The Old Fitzgerald glass is certainly
no better. The Weller advertisement is dated 1979, and the
Old Fitzgerald ad is circa the 1960s.
And so concludes this three-part series. If anything, this article
should make all of glad that we collect pre-prohibition glasses and not
the modern equivalents!