The James A. Clark barrel from Louisville
21 September 2016
I have put out many barrel posts before but I missed the Clark barrel from Louisville, Kentucky. You see, there are only two examples, the last coming from the recent Glass Works Auctions Session 1 from the great Bob Ferraro Collection. Bob is known as Mayor Ferraro and the “Barrel King”. Many times I would come across an obscure barrel only to find that Bob would have an example. Like I said, the Barrel King.
Connie & Bob Ferraro
James A. Clark was a long-time grocer selling wines, liquors, tobacco, cigars, oysters, raisins, sardines, pickles etc. in Louisville, Kentucky. His Clark & Company address at one time was 219 Third Street which is embossed on the barrel though an advertisement in 1866 differs and says #73 Third Street (Old No. 219). We can find listings for him centered from 1864 to 1868. His partners were George W. Morris and Charles L. White. In 1868, White leaves and Clark takes on O. A. Knapp as a partner. The bottle most likely contained a bitters or bourbon, probably both as a label would state.
Mr. Clark was born on October 9, 1838 in Massachusetts and died on July 10, 1913 in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
“JAS. A. CLARK & CO / 219 THIRD ST / LOUISVILLE KY”, (unlisted), Kentucky, ca. 1865 – 1875, yellow amber barrel, 9 1/9”h, smooth base, applied ring mouth. A 2 1/4” vertical stress crack on a mold seam travels from the top of the lip down to the second ring. One of only two known examples and the first one to be offered at auction. Fortunately the damage cannot be seen when viewed straight on. Purchased from Steve Keith in 1997.
“JAS. A. CLARK & CO / 219 THIRD ST / LOUISVILLE KY” figural barrel – Kentucky collection
Jas. A. Clark & Co. Advertisement – 1864 Louisville, Kentucky City Directory
1866: Charles L. White connected with James A. Clark & Co. listing.
Louisville Daily Courier, Tuesday, January 9, 1866
1866: James A. Clark Notice & advertisement.
Louisville Daily Courier, Friday, February 2, 1866
1868: Clark & Co. changes partners:
Louisville Daily Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1868
1880: Jas. A. Clark, Wholesale Liquors, living in Louisville, Kentucky, age 41, born in Massachusetts about 1839, married to Fannie A. Clark – 1880 United States Federal Census
1900 Jas. A. Clark, Wholesale Liquors, living in Louisville, Kentucky, age 61, born in Massachusetts in October 1838, married to Fannie A. Clark – 1880 United States Federal Census
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