Charles Mades

Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Charles Mades, 3rd West cor Penn Ave (1863)
  Charles Mades, 465 Pa Ave (1866)
  Charles Mades, 467 Pa Ave (1867)
  Charles Mades, cor 10th & E Streets (1874,1878)
  Charles Mades, 300 Pa Ave NW (1872-1916)

Charles Mades was born 1832 in Prussia, and came to America in 1850. He shows up as a bottler from 1886-1896, and as a saloon/restaurant/hotel owner from 1863 to 1916.
Mades hotel is where General John Augustus Sutter died in June 1880. Sutter was famous for discovering gold that started the 1849 California gold rush.
Historical & Commercial Sketches of Washington, compiled by E.E. Barton in 1884 said that Mades hotel had about 40 rooms. It also says that Mades was a sculptor by trade. 2

mades book # 382
This is an aqua 9.5" blob top bottle embossed:
circular slug plate: CHAS MADES / WASHINGTON / D.C.
(I painted the embossing to make it stand out - otherwise it tends to blend in with the rear embossing in the photo)

Other Items:
mades_02 mades_03 This is an envelope from the Charles Mades Hotel, postmarked 1895. The rear of the letter depicts the hotel, and the front has the following printed in the top left:
CHAS. MADES' / HOTEL and RESTAURANT, / S.W. cor Penna. Ave. and 3d St. / Hotel on the European and American Plans, WASHINGTON, D.C. / Return If not delivered in 10 days.

1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 Historical & Commercial Sketches of Washington, 1884, compiled by E.E. Barton, p.169

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