Welcome to the A-BN, and thanks for bringing the Graves Gin. I like that checkerboard business it's got goin on. Could'ya maybe get some closer up photos of the bottle's strong points, any embossing, bottom and lip, too, please.
Here's a few things I found out.
"Many years ago my husband was given a 10 inch tall amber colored bottle. the bottom of which is embossed with CH Graves & sons Boston Mass. It originally had a cork, but the bottle was empty. It has side seams that run from the bottom to the beginning of its 4 inch tall neck. There are no side seams on the neck at all. It still has the paper label on it showing signature of Chester H. Graves. The label describes the Maryland Malt Whiskey within to be pure and reliable for the sick room. It also goes on to say that Physicians may prescribe it for Dyspepsia, Poor appetite and Lung affections. We have had this bottle in our possession for at least 30 years and are curious to its history Thank you in advance. Your bottle is one of thousands of the so-called "Booze Medicines" described by the Holmes Commission Report. Until the passage of the food and drug laws around the turn of the century, druggists and distillers could avoid taxes by selling these preparations as medicines. The idea that alcohol has some positive medical benefits still rages today. During prohibition doctors regularly would prescribe booze. Many bottles from the prohibition era have labels with similar embossing to yours. Your bottle sounds earlier than those, perhaps dating into the 1880s. I was not able to find specific information about the Graves Company but it seems an appropriate name for the product they were pushing. I'd guess a $50+ value. Digger"
From Digger Odell.
"Taylor Whiskies and Hub Punch were products of C. H. Graves & Sons, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1893 Graves advertised the Taylor Whiskies with "There is no better medicinal Whiskey sold in this country of any other country." In an 1880 advertisement for Hub Punch, Graves wrote "The Hub Punch is good at all times and just the thing for use military encampments, picnic, yachting and excursion parties, clubs, hotels, and families." And this appeared in a 1904 advertisement "A shelf at home devoted to storing hub punch makes the householder feel as one feels with his family about him when well insured against fire, accident or death." From.
A few have landed on these shores in days gone by: http://www.antique-bottles.net/forum/m-19703/mpage-1/key-/tm.htm#19703 http://www.antique-bottles.net/forum/m-334307/mpage-1/key-/tm.htm#335279
In a self published Booklet,
they are described as, "C.H. Graves & Sons ...: alcohol distillers, importers and wholesale liquor dealers : proprietor, and manufacturers of the trade mark goods known as Graves' xxx extra French cologne spirits, Atwood's pure alcohol, Boston extra alcohol, Graves' grain alcohol.."
They made little ones, too.
Superior Dry Gin
C.H. Graves & Sons
Looks like the firm was burning about 1939 per this legal case.
But perhaps that was a mere hiccup in the road.
On a 1934 Trademark Application,
they are described thusly, "(REGISTRANT) C.H. GRAVES & SONS COMPANY CORPORATION MASSACHUSETTS 35 HAWKINS ST BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS(LAST LISTED OWNER) WHYTE ROCK DISTILLERIES, INC. CORPORATION ASSIGNEE OF MAINE 21 SARATOGA STREET LEWISTON MAINE 04241"
In a 1955 Trademark Application
for the brand name "Strogoff" ownership had apparently moved to France
Serial Number: 71694708
Registration Number: 0634694
Filing Date: Sep 15, 1955
Owner(s) of Record
Ggn Alfort Sarl
1, Place Du Petit Pont
Alfortville F94140 FR
Federal Liquors Ltd. (C.H. Graves & Sons Co.)
54 Chardon St.
Boston, Ma US"
Here's one that is perhaps typed incorrectly:
"S. H. Graves and Sons, Co.
There's a pair of the Standard Stop Sign Slugplate for sale HERE.
Meanwhile, on a parallel plane, there was C.H. Graves of Philadelphia:
"UNIVERSAL PHOTO ART COMPANY
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Naperville, Illinois
The Universal Photo Art Company was one of several business titles under which photographer Carlton Harlow Graves sold his photographs late in his career. He was the son of Jesse Albert Graves, an important early worker who was based in the Delaware Water Gap area of Pennsylvania in the 1860-1880 time frame and produced some 500 generally fine scenic views of the western part of the state. Carlton learned the photographic art from his father and moved to Philadelphia to began producing on his own in about 1880. In his early years, he seems to have taken all the views which he published, but he soon began to buy or pirate images from others. Stereoviews issued under his own name are extremely rare.
At its peak, The Universal Photo Art Company seems to have been a rather substantial outfit. In addition to the headquarters offices and production facilities in Philadelphia, there was a western branch in Naperville, Ill., under F. A. Messerschmidt as general manager. There are numbers listed to almost to 5,000, although the number of individual photos actually used is only about 1,300. By the late 1890â€™s, C. H. Graves company became a major publisher offering "Art Nouveau Stereographs" on light gray curved mounts. His trade list offered excellent views of hunting scenes, Jamaica, Japan, Java, New York City, Palestine and others. To compete with low priced lithographs and copies, Graves offered his "Universal Series" or "Universal Views" on black mounts with no credit to himself. These have the number and the title in the negative and were sold at a reduced price from the regular "Art Nouveau" issues. Graves also offered boxed sets but they were not sold in the quantities of Underwood and Underwood, the Keystone View Company and H. C. White. The company seems to have been active until about 1910 when its stock of negatives were sold to Underwood & Underwood and presumably went from there to the Keystone View Company with the rest of the Underwood photos.} From.
Carlton Harlow did some American War Ship views:
"USS Bennington (Gunboat # 4)
Removing the dead from the ship, following her boiler explosion at San Diego, California, 21 July 1905. Photographed and published on a stereograph card by C.H. Graves, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania." From.
"Photograph copyrighted 1898 by C.H. Graves, Philadelphia, and printed on a stereograph card. Raleigh is painted as she was during, and for several months after, the Spanish-American War. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1975.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #82659." From.
"Universal Photo Art Co. (C.H. Graves, Philadelphia). 'The preparation of tea in Japan. Sifting and sorting tea'.
Price $10. " From.
There's several Spanish American War views Here. From.