Choice Old Cabinet KY. Bourbon
Choice Old Cabinet
Crane Hastings & Co. Sole Agents
Byron G. Crane and Everett L. Hastings
San Francisco, California
Provenance: Richard T. Siri Collection
Choice Old Cabinet Bourbon is typically found in shades of amber. The older bottles, such as our museum example, have an applied top. There is a prominent crown embossed on the bottle. The early examples are fairly rare.
The first direct reference that we see for the partnership of Crane and Hastings was in the 1874 San Francisco Business Directory. It lists Byron Crane involved with a firm by the name of Hayes Hastings & Co. In 1875, the firm was renamed Crane, Hastings Co., importers of liquors in San Francisco. The company name and San Francisco is embossed below the brand name circle. Their address was 609 Montgomery Street.
Hasting would perish in 1875 on board the Pacific which was a wooden sidewheel steamer built in 1850. It sank in 1875 as a result of a collision southwest of Cape Flattery, Washington. The sinking of the Pacific killed more people than any other marine disaster on the West Coast at the time. As an aside, one of the top members of Reddington, Hostetter & Co. also perished.
The firm would continue at No. 316 Sacramento Street in San Francisco. Their flagship brand was Choice Old Cabinet Bourbon.
The Choice Old Cabinet Ky Bourbon brand was registered with the State of California on March 13, 1885, although it was most probably in use for many years prior to the firm shouldering the expense for a Trade Mark.
Support: Primary research by Bruce Silva and Western Whiskey Gazette
Support: Whiskey Bottles of the Old West by John L. Thomas
Support: Jeff Wichmann and American Bottle Auctions