Arny & Shinn


Company Names, addresses, dates:
  Maack & Arny, Corner Olive & Green Streets, Georgetown (1853-1854) 7,8
  Arny & Shinn, Corner Olive & Green Streets, Georgetown (1854-1862) 8,1
  R.A. Shinn, 57 Greene Street, Georgetown (1863-1871)1

Notes:
    Maack & Arny
Charles W. Arny (born 1831 in Washington DC) teamed up with William N.H. Maack to take over the beer/soda bottling company at the Corner of Olive & Greene Streets in 18537. The firm was known as Maack & Arny .

    Arny & Shinn
On March 3rd, 1854, Maack moved on to another bottling establishment, Arny teamed up with Riley A. Shinn, and the company became known as Arny & Shinn8. Arny closed down his Confectionary during that same month9. The 1858 city directory said they bottled porter, ale and mineral waters. Shinn made many improvements to the bottling establishment between 1860 and 18625.

    Riley Shinn
In 1863, Arny had left, and Shinn was the sole proprietor. The company became known as the Riley Shinn Union Bottling Works. Washington DC added Street numbers in 1855, and the address of the establishment became known as 57 Greene Street , but it was the same building. Shinn's bottling establishment was said to have turned out stout, ale & porter4. Shinn brewed beer10 and manufactured "mineral water" (nowdays refered to as "soda pop"). Shinn also owned a hotel called the "Union Hotel" in the 1860s4. He made large profits during the civil war, when he supplied carbonated liquors, malt drinks, beer and ale to the entire district, sending out ten and twelve wagonloads a day. He made an income of $28,000 in 18645.

    Other Information
In 1871, Shinn sold the company to Samuel Palmer and Robert Green . Samuel Palmer had been an employee with Arny & Shinn since 1861.2
For more information about the pedigree of companies at this building that came before and after Arny & Shinn, , see Corner of Olive & Greene Streets .


Arny & Shinn Bottles:

arny_04 book # 54
These are 7" dark-green short blob top bottles embossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / GEORGETOWN, / D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE / IS / NEVER SOLD
They embossing seems identical, but the applied tops have different shapes.
arny_12 book # 54
This is the same as the bottles above, except it's aqua. It's embossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / GEORGETOWN, / D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE / IS / NEVER SOLD
arny_05 book # 54
These are 7.2" aqua short blob top bottles embossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / GEORGETOWN / D C
back: A & S / THIS BOTTLE IS / NEVER SOLD
The "ARNY & SHINN" and the "A & S" are in block letters. The left bottle has a metal lightning stopper still intact.
arny_02 book # 55
These are dark green squat blob bottles with double-tapered collar tops. The one on the left is 7" and has large (block) letters. The one on the right is 7.5" and has small letters. Both have applied lips and are embossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / GEORGETOWN, / D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE IS / NEVER SOLD
The left one also has a big "A & S" embossed on the back side.
arny_01a book # 56
This is a 7.3" aqua short-blob embossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / GEORGETOWN / D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE / IS / NEVER SOLD
base: (iron pontil mark)
arny_08a book # 57
This is an aqua, 7.25" squat blob-top bottle (with the top broken off). It is embossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / GEORGETOWN, / D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE IS / NEVER SOLD
base: (iron pontil mark)
arny_09a book # 57
Same as above, except the color. This is a dark green, 7.5" squat blob-top bottle, embossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / GEORGETOWN, / D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE IS / NEVER SOLD
base: (iron pontil mark)
arny_10 book # 58
This is two-thirds of a bottle - much of the glass is missing. It's a dark green, 7" squat blob-top bottle, embossed:
rectangular slug plate: ARNY & SHINN / GEORGETOWN / D.C.
back: DYOTTVILLE GLASS WORKS / PHILADA
base: (iron pontil mark)
arny_06 book # 5 (Stoneware section)
This 10" stoneware bottle holds a quart and is debossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / SPRUCE BEER

According to Wikipedia, "spruce beer" is a beverage flavored with the buds, needles, or essence of spruce trees. The Yards Brewing company of Philadelphia brewed a beer called "Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce", made with spruce tips & sprigs. I tried one, and it did indeed have a slight pine-tree taste to it. Maybe that's what Arny & Shinn's spruce beer tasted like.
arny_07 book # 6 (Stoneware section)
Similar to above, this is a 9.7" stoneware bottle that is debossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / SUPERIOR MEAD
arny_03 book # 7 (Stoneware section)
This 9.7" stoneware bottle holds 1 quart and is debossed:
front: ARNY & SHINN / SUPERIOR / ROOT BEER


R.A. Shinn Bottles:
rashinn2 book # 128 (Stoneware section)
This is a 7.5" stoneware bottle debossed:
front: R.A. SHINN / GEO'TOWN D.C.
shinn_02 book # 644
The left is a 7.2" aqua blob-top bottle with block letters. The right is the same except that it's got regular letters. Both bottles are embossed:
front: R.A. SHINN / GEORGETOWN / D.C.
back: S / THIS BOTTLE IS / NEVER SOLD
The one on the right has a "2" embossed on the base.
shinn_01 book # 645
The left is a 7" dark green squat bottle. The right is the same except that it's got block letters (which have been painted to show them off). Both bottles are embossed:
front: R.A. SHINN / GEORGETOWN / D.C.
back: S / THIS BOTTLE IS / NEVER SOLD
shinn_03 book # 646
This is a 6.5" aqua bottle with an ABC closure. There are only 9 other bottles known to have used this type of closure6. Apparently the bottle was sealed by pulling a hollow soft rubber ball into the neck. The bottle is embossed:
front: R.A. SHINN / GEORGETOWN / D.C.
back: A.B.C. Co. / NEW HAVEN CT / PAT JAN 5th 1864

1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 Historical & Commercial Sketches of Washington, 1884, compiled by E.E. Barton, p.126
3 Washington & Georgetown Directory, Stranger's guide-book for Washington 1853 compiled by Alfred Hunter
4 Chronicles of Georgetown Life 1865-1900 by Mary Mitchell
5 Divided Town A Study Of Georgetown DC During The Civil War, by Mary Mitchell
6 See "ABC Closure" at this web site.
7 National Intelligencer Newspaper article, Jun 28, 1853 p.1
8 National Intelligencer Newspaper article, Mar 4, 1854 p.2
9 National Intelligencer Newspaper article, April 28, 1854 p.4
10 Alexandria Gazette, April 7, 1871, p.2




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