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John O'Reilly Jersey City Hutch

Ohio Rob

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Nov 15, 2009
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Massillon, O
Thought maybe the Jersey collectors would have some idea on rarity. My son has gotten the bug and bought a group of sodas and this was in it. There is no damage...it has a bubble / amber streak running above the slug plate. The bottom is unusually rounded. Not much found with my google search. Any information would be appreciated.
 

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nhpharm

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Apr 24, 2007
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Looks like it must be fairly uncommon at a minimum as Ron does not have a photo of it. Do you mind if I send him these photos to add to the listing on www.hutchbook.com? I love these early hutch sodas.
 

Ohio Rob

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Nov 15, 2009
282
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Massillon, O
No, I don't mind at all. I use the hutchbook site for reference quite often. As a matter of fact, it was the only tag that came up on a google search for the John O'Reilly bottle. I noticed Ron didn't give it a Common, Scarce or Rare rating...that's part of why I was inquiring about rarity.

Looks like it must be fairly uncommon at a minimum as Ron does not have a photo of it. Do you mind if I send him these photos to add to the listing on www.hutchbook.com? I love these early hutch sodas.
 

nhpharm

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Apr 24, 2007
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John O'Reilly was a cider manufacturer and bottler for many years in Jersey City. However, he is only listed at that particular "dual" address for the years 1885-1887. In 1888 he disappears, only to reappear in 1889 at just the 329 address.
 

epackage

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May 3, 2009
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Jersey
O'Reilly started out as a bottler and manufacturer of cider and cider vinegar at 275 Monmouth St. in 1875, he operated from 424 Mongomery St. for a number of years before settling in at 329-331 Newark Ave. in 1884. As you can see from this 1886 listing in the city directory he called the company the Excelsior Bottling Works, a popular name for bottlers and brewers back in that period.

He is either retired or dead in 1894 and no longer in business....

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American

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Nov 17, 2017
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This particular embossing might be uncommon, but the state that it comes out of makes it common. It's in good shape and still could bring $20 on eBay at the high end.
 

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