SUNNY CASTLE STOMACH BITTERS
20 March 2013
“Small Wine Glass Full 4 Times a Day”
It is not often that you see a bottle with a great looking label or even rarer to see a great looking label on three sides of a bottle. I usually hide from ragged examples that are torn, hard to read and stained.
That is not the case with the Sunny Castle Stomach Bitters specimen that makes an appearance in the Glass Works Auction #97, aptly name “March Madness” auction with the coinciding NCAA basketball tournament.
I picked up my un-labeled example back in 2004 on eBay. The bottle is pictured further below and has been sitting on a shelf waiting to be explored. Of the many bitters names, this has to be on of the ‘warmest’ and more positive names that is meant to remind us of our home, family and roots. I am immediately reminded of the “Every Man’s Home is his Castle” quote and think it was a wise move by Jacob and Joseph Dudenhoefer to use a castle, fields and a sun in their advertising.
“Every Man’s Home is his Castle”
I was curious about this phrase. I seem to recall Spiro Agnew using it in the Nixon days or during his political trials. A search on the internet provides the following:
My house to me is like my castle [Ma meason est à moy come mon castle]~Sir William Stanford, Les Ples del Coron (1567)
Our law calleth a man’s house, his castle, meaning that he may defend himself therein~William Lanbarde, Eirenarcha, (1588)
The house of every man is to him his Castle and Fortresse, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.~Sir Edward Coke, Semayne’s Case (1605)
For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium [and each man’s home is his safest refuge].~Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), English judge and lawyer, Institutes of the Laws, ch. 73 (1644)
Now one of the most essential branches of English liberty, is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle; and while he is quiet, he is well guarded as a prince in his castle….~James Otis, U.S. Patriot (1725-1783), Argument against the writs of assistance, Boston, MA, 1761.
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The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
S 223 SUNNY CASTLE STOMACH BITTERS
SUNNY CASTLE / STOMACH BITTERS / JOS. DUDENHOEFER /
MILWAUKEE. // f // f // f //
9 x 2 3/4 (6 1/2) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Tooled lip, Scarce
JOS. is over JOHN. The H became S and the peened out N is discernible around the dots.
Jacob & Joseph DUDENHOEFER
Looks like Frank Wicker over at Bottle Pickers has done a little piece on the Dudenhoefers that has been supported by Pre-Pro.com etc. Jacob Dudenhoefer was born in a village in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany in May 21, 1842. He would locate to Milwaukee in 1869. He was a traveling salesman of wholesale wine and liquors for twelve years working for the L. Fuldner Company. In 1880 he started his own business in wholesale wine and liquors. His establishment was located at 339 Grove Street and 339 First Avenue. Business name timeline listing at Pre-Pro.com note Jacob Dudenhoefer (1889-1906), Jacob Dudenhoefer Co. (1908-1918)
The company grew at a rapid rate and his company became one of the biggest businesses in the city. His company was called Jacob Dudenhoeffer Co. He was in business until March 2, 1901. The Dudenhoefer brands included Bonfield Whiskey, Hunting and Fishing Club Rye, Three Star Brandy, Monogram Whiskey, Sunny Castle, Tara’s Hall, Elmbrook Whiskey, Kara Tonic, Tonical Herb Bitters, Yellow Springs and Night Hawk.
The Joseph Dudenhoefer name is on the Sunny Castle Stomach Bitters and a few others including the Sunny Castle Rye bottle pictured above. He is listed in the Milwaukee City Directory from 1901 to 1905 and Joseph Dudenhoefer Co. from 1912 to 1918. He was listed as a Wines & Liquor Wholesaler. The address noted is 367 – 369 11th Street.
Apparently, Joseph was a brother to Jacob though I can not substantiate. He could have been a son. I am curious why ‘Joseph’ is embossed on the Sunny Castle Stomach Bitters and not Jacob. Joseph later had a son and they expanded their busing to include communal wine.