Woodgate & Company – Club House Gin
18 September 2014
NO PLEASURE CAN EXCEED THE SMOKING OF THE WEED
Ken Edward had this cool Woodgate & Co., Club House Gin bottle at the Downieville Bottle Show this past weekend. Ken let me photograph it (see above) while I said I would try to track down some information. Apparently some shards and a few complete examples have been found on the west coast while another example, and maybe more, were found in the New York area.
If we look at New York City from around 1857 – 1860 or so, we find a Woodgate & Company on 83 Water Street who were importers of brandies, wines, and gins. They were obviously in to tobacco too judging from the puffing gentleman. An advertising token supports this information (see above). Previously, in 1852, there was a Woodgate & Roome who were wholesale wine and liquor dealers, and importers located at 46 Vesey according to a New York City Directory. So we can lean towards New York City as the primary source of this bottle. This looks like we are talking about John H. Woodgate who was born about 1802 in England and was listed as a grocer as early as 1835 in New York City.
I am really wondering if this is the same Woodgate as Woodgate’s Plantation Bitters?Read: The Mystery surrounding the Woodgate’s Plantation Bitters