Hayner Private Stock 1914 Bottled in Bond Quart / Prohibition Era Bottling
This is an old bottle of Ohio whiskey, distilled in the Spring of 1914 at the Hayner distillery in in Troy. Once a powerful distilling company who claimed to be the largest mail order whiskey house in the US, they were badly affected by the Webb-Kenyon Act of 1913 which prohibited the transportation of alcohol across state lines, and were in some amount of financial distress by the time this whiskey was barrelled. Prohibition however proved to be the final nail in the coffin, and this may have been one of the last bottles the company ever produced, bottled in the same year they were liquidated in 1920, less than a year after the Volstead Act was enforced.
Although the rear label is badly damaged, you can see the remnants of the "For Medicinal Purposes Only" statement. Although the Prohibition act had made the distilling and sale of alcohol illegal in 1919, certain companies with existing whiskey stocks were permitted to continue bottling bottling them for use as prescriptive medicines (and a small monthly ration for bakers, which also included rum). This was not a hugely profitable endeavour though, and kept only the more financially secure distillers in business during America's 13 years dry, such as Schenley and what would eventually become National Distillers.
The Hayner distillery was registered distillery number 3, in the first district of Ohio, and is completely gone today. In its heyday, its other brands included Golden Jubilee, Tom Marshall Rye, and perhaps most recognisably, Cream of Kentucky, which was acquired by the Bernheim brothers and is a rumoured constituent of some of the Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye.
In addition to distilling, the Hayner company also patented a combination lock stopper, which was designed to prevent children (and anyone else with no knowledge of the combination), gaining access to a bottle's contents.
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