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I found this bottle in the sand dunes on cape cod, so there wasn’t any trash that I could reliably correlate it to. It says “C.F. Sullivan & Co Boston, Mass.” and since the seam does not continue through the top, I take that to mean it is before 1910? All I could find online was one site that said the company existed in 1889. Anyone know anything about it?
 

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Nice find! Looks about right for the late 19th century.

Earliest mention of them I can find is this ad from 1899, https://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/...01.2.116.2&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------

By 1903 they'd changed their name to the Glenbrook Distilling Company. I don't have a subscription to newspapers.com but in the preview the ad is still semi-legible if you squint your eyes and they're using the same address and phone number as C.F. Sullivan, confirming they're the same company https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/430828149/

In 1906 they were brewing beer, which they were adulterating with salicylic acid https://books.google.ca/books?id=xJ...page&q="glenbrook distilling company"&f=false

Around 1910 it was purchased by someone called August Thiel, and ultimately closed down due to Prohibition. More info on that era of the company here: http://pre-prowhiskeymen.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-thiel-was-rectifier-and-proud-of.html
 

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Nice find! Looks about right for the late 19th century.

Earliest mention of them I can find is this ad from 1899, https://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/...01.2.116.2&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------

By 1903 they'd changed their name to the Glenbrook Distilling Company. I don't have a subscription to newspapers.com but in the preview the ad is still semi-legible if you squint your eyes and they're using the same address and phone number as C.F. Sullivan, confirming they're the same company https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/430828149/

In 1906 they were brewing beer, which they were adulterating with salicylic acid https://books.google.ca/books?id=xJs3AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA496&lpg=PA496&dq="glenbrook+distilling+company"&source=bl&ots=ZDefBUyuLt&sig=ACfU3U3eRHJWGF_oV7CfqsC-OJe10x0ONQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiK5cHRper3AhVYkIkEHRVuC1cQ6AF6BAgCEAM#v=onepage&q="glenbrook distilling company"&f=false

Around 1910 it was purchased by someone called August Thiel, and ultimately closed down due to Prohibition. More info on that era of the company here: http://pre-prowhiskeymen.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-thiel-was-rectifier-and-proud-of.html
Nice bit of research!
 

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I found this bottle in the sand dunes on cape cod, so there wasn’t any trash that I could reliably correlate it to. It says “C.F. Sullivan & Co Boston, Mass.” and since the seam does not continue through the top, I take that to mean it is before 1910? All I could find online was one site that said the company existed in 1889. Anyone know anything about it?
That's a nice find. Must not have spent much, if any, time in the surf to be so free of sand-blasted appearance that develops with typical beach glass. Some Victorian dude was likely having a nip in the dunes where the families on the beach would not observe.

I was going to comment that it is definitely pre-1910, and looks to be about 1890's vintage; but CanadianBottles has done some nice research for you and pushes to pre-1903 for sure.
 

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Nice find! Looks about right for the late 19th century.

Earliest mention of them I can find is this ad from 1899, https://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/...01.2.116.2&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------

By 1903 they'd changed their name to the Glenbrook Distilling Company. I don't have a subscription to newspapers.com but in the preview the ad is still semi-legible if you squint your eyes and they're using the same address and phone number as C.F. Sullivan, confirming they're the same company https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/430828149/

In 1906 they were brewing beer, which they were adulterating with salicylic acid https://books.google.ca/books?id=xJs3AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA496&lpg=PA496&dq="glenbrook+distilling+company"&source=bl&ots=ZDefBUyuLt&sig=ACfU3U3eRHJWGF_oV7CfqsC-OJe10x0ONQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiK5cHRper3AhVYkIkEHRVuC1cQ6AF6BAgCEAM#v=onepage&q="glenbrook distilling company"&f=false

Around 1910 it was purchased by someone called August Thiel, and ultimately closed down due to Prohibition. More info on that era of the company here: http://pre-prowhiskeymen.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-thiel-was-rectifier-and-proud-of.html
Wow, cool! Thanks so much for this info, I appreciate it!
 

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That's a nice find. Must not have spent much, if any, time in the surf to be so free of sand-blasted appearance that develops with typical beach glass. Some Victorian dude was likely having a nip in the dunes where the families on the beach would not observe.

I was going to comment that it is definitely pre-1910, and looks to be about 1890's vintage; but CanadianBottles has done some nice research for you and pushes to pre-1903 for sure.
Yes it was likely buried in the dunes all this time, I have found other old bottles in the same way. The dunes shift every year with the winter storms and turn up all kinds of old stuff.
 

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