Looking at Daly’s Aromatic Valley Whisky…with Sandy

Northeast in crosshairs of ‘superstorm’ Sandy

Looking at Daly’s Aromatic Valley Whisky…with Sandy

26 October 2012

Apple-Touch-IconAI sit in my room with my grandson Nicolas at a resort on the seventh floor of a beach-front condominium on the outer banks of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina writing this post. Elizabeth is home with the dogs and horse events. The satellite dish must have blown off the roof so I just switched to my AT&T satellite Internet service. I am here for a beach wedding today (that would have occurred where the volleyball net area is in the picture above) that will be moved inside because of an unvited guest named Sandy. My balcony door overlooking the beach is open. The winds are strong and the waves are crashing loud.

I still have bottles on my mind though and wanted to get some information on the three bottles pictured above. I was asked to photograph the bottles at the Reno Expo. I was led to believe that these were important bottles and a great grouping. They sure looked eastern to me. Why were they at Reno? I have lost my notes and memory for this picture and would like to know more including who owns these bottles so I can give credit. Last night I posted the picture and question to facebook on Early American Glass asking if anyone recognized the bottles? This quickly prompted a response from Michael George and Jeff Noordsy (of course) noting that these were William Daly bottles.


Hopping on the Internet, I was able to pull some more information. If you all can supply more pictures and support information for this post, I will gladly add. From what I found so far, this certainly was a popular New York brand with advertisements in Texas, Louisiana and California. These are sexy, well designed bottles. I also thought it was interesting that one of the cylinder bottles pictured below was found in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Make sure you read the testimonials. They are outlandish.


By the time of the Civil War, ads in the Galveston Weekly News touted Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters; or Dr. Leroy’s French Specific for All Affections of the Urinary Organs, and those Affections Only; or Daly’s Aromatic Valley Whiskey for Medicinal Purposes; or Brown’s Bronchial Troches; or Sanford’s Family Blood Purifying Pills; or Old Sachem Bitters and Wigwam Tonic. Texans imbibed gallons of the tonics and ate tons of the pills, as ads for these and other nostrums appeared again and again in newspapers throughout the remainder of the nineteenth century.


Advertisement at bottom right for Daly’s Aromatic Valley Whiskey (see below) – The Daily Texan (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 29, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 9, 1859

State Assayer’s Office, 32 Somerset Street, Boston, April 17, 1858.

Mr. W. H. Daly – Sir: – I have made a chemical analysis of your “Old Valley Whiskey”, and find it pure, fine, and full flavored Rye Whiskey, containing no injurious matters of any kind. I would recommend it as suitable for Medicinal and general public purposes.

Charles T. Jackson, State Assayer

Link Back – Updated information by Rick Simi at Western Bitters News

Advertisement for Daly’s Aromatic Valley Whiskey (see above) – The Daily Texan (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 29, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 9, 1859

Advertisement in Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 19, Number 2852, 17 May 1860 — Page 3 Advertisements Column 3

“WILLIAM H. DALY NEW YORK” WHISKEY-TYPE BOTTLE, bright forest green, cylindrical, early smooth base, 10 3/16″H x 3 3/16″D, crudely applied square collar, American, 1865-1875, rare. This unusually formed whiskey cylinder is a beautiful bottle with good color, lots of crudity and a wonderful applied square collar. – sold by Jeff & Holly Noordsy

Embossed WILLIAM H. DALY NEW YORK. There is no other text. It has a 2″ x 1/4″ embossed rectangle on text line before the William H Daley New York text. I’ve seen an similar looking bottle on eBay but the text read JOHN T. AND WILLIAM H. DALY NEW YORK. Mine does not have (John T. and). It only says William H Daley New York on it. Found in Lake Tahoe, Nevada – Instappraisal

A Gold Rush Grouping – From left to right: Three Line Turner Brothers w/ smooth base Forest Lawn JVC w/pontil base, First variant Drakes Plantation without embossing and John T. & William H. Daly New York (Daly’s Aromatic Valley Whiskey) – The Rush for Silver and Gold

Picture sent to me by Brian Wolff. Brian said he found on antique-bottles.net

RARE John T & William H DALY whiskey bottle – sold on eBay


“WM. H. DALY – SOLE / IMPORTER – NEW YORK”, (Denzin, DAL-34), New York, ca. 1855 – 1870, medium olive green bulbous form, 9 1/2″h, pontil scarred base, applied double collar mouth. A rare bottle in an attractive form with plenty of glass whittle and loaded with seed bubbles. Here’s one that stands out in any whiskey collection! – Glass Works Auctions – Auction #97

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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2 Responses to Looking at Daly’s Aromatic Valley Whisky…with Sandy

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    The John T. & William H. Daley products were fairly heavily advertised in the early major California newspapers, and most likely a large percentage of their bottles made it out West. Quite a few of their various bottle styles are dug in the Northern California gold country.

  2. Added example from Glass Works Auction #97

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