BERGNER & ENGEL BREWERY
Hello, I was an avid bottle hunter when I was younger but sold most of my collection. The only one I held on to is the one that I am having you appraise. I am from Ventnor New Jersey, one mile from Atlantic City which is why this bottle means a lot to me, which I will get to. The bottle is a clear bottle stands around 9 inches tall. It is labeled by clear embossed raised lettering on the front that is in great condition with little to no wear. The front of the bottle reads as follows. REGISTERED B & E. BRW. CO ATLANTIC CITY N.J. The bottle is in very good shape. Any markings you see inside the bottle are not stained, just dirt that I have never cleaned out. Wanted to be careful with this one. There are no cracks in the bottle. Any coloration you might see is from the sunset in the background. It is obviously old considering the seamed top and thickness. This is a very heavy bottle. I have be trying to look this bottle up everywhere and can not find anything. The only thing that I came up with is Bergner & Engle. However I have yet to find one bottle from them like this out of Atlantic City. I usually can find anything through research and I have been looking for months now. Considering I have still come up with nothing, am pretty sure, and am hoping, that this is a rare bottle. I will be anxiously waiting for you response. Thank you for your time. Michael
Hey Michael, thanks for the business. Your bottle probably has more sentimental value than dollar value. My guess is anywhere from $8-20 locally. I cannot tell from the picture for certain whether or not your bottle has an applied crown top or if it is machine made. It appears to have an applied crown, but you'll need to check to see if the mold seam goes up and over the lip. Dating your bottle by the method of manufacture can be tricky. 1) it is certain your bottle is made after 1892. 2) if so, then it was made between 1892-1918. 3) it could have been made after prohibition ended in 1934 but I think it more likely to date about 1918, give or take a few years.
The bottle has an interesting history. I have sent some of the information along below: The B & E stands for Bergner & Engel. It might surprise you that this company is not a New Jersey company but was from Philadelphia and they opened a distribution center or Depot in Atlantic City. None of the references I could find 1909 and 1911 listed the company in Atlantic City so I believe they located there after that date. it appears they had branches all over the place.
1919 ATLANTIC CITY DIRECTORY
Philadelphia was the first place in this country where lager beer was made, and the original brewer was George Manger, who had a brewery about 1846-47, on New Street.1 The Bergner & Engel brewery was established in 1849, by Charles W. Bergner, on Seventh Street, below Girard Avenue. In 1852, Gustavus Bergner took charge of the brewery. The business then was small, only twelve hands being employed, brewing about 7000 barrels of beer per annum. In 1870, Charles Engel entered into partnership with Gustavus Bergner, uniting the brewery of Engel, at Fountain Green, which had been sold to the park commissioners, with that of Bergner. The brewery is located on the square lying between Thirty-first and Thirty-second Streets, and between Thompson and Jefferson Streets. A cash capital of $960,000 is represented in the numerous buildings and improved appliances, and 180 men find employment there. In 1879 the firm was incorporated as the Bergner & Engel Brewing Company, with a paid-in capital of nearly a million dollars.
Of the more than 200,000 barrels of beer coming from this great company, Philadelphia consumes onehalf, and the other half finds its market along the Atlantic coast, especially in the South. Forty refrigerating-cars, representing an investment of over $30,000, are needed to transfer the beer in proper condition to the company's own depots in other cities. In 1870 the product was 38,000 barrels; in 1871, 48,000; in 1883, 210,000; and 1884 it is expected to reach 250,000.********************************************************************************************************
BERGNER AND ENGEL BREWING COMPANY VS. ARTHUR DREYFUS SUFFOLK MARCH 8, 1898 - OCTOBER 28 1898 Present: Field, C. J., Holmes, Knowlton, Morton, & Lathrop, JJ. A corporation of another State, having its main establishment there, is not affected by a discharge here of a Massachusetts debtor, although the corporation has a place of business here and a license under Pub. Sts. c. 100, § 10, and has appointed the commissioner of corporations its attorney for service of process under St. 1834, c. 330, § 1. Field, C. J. dissenting. Contract for beer and ale sold and delivered to the defendant. Writ dated September 30, 1896. The case was submitted to the Superior Court, and, after judgment for the plaintiff, to this court, on appeal, upon agreed facts, in substance as follows. The plaintiff during all the time of the transactions involved in the action was a corporation organized under the laws of Pennsylvania. It never held a charter from this Commonwealth, and had always complied with the laws of this Commonwealth regulating foreign corporations doing business here. Its business was the manufacturing and selling malt and malt liquors. Its principal offices, where its meetings were held and its books kept, were in Philadelphia, where its brewery also was; and it manufactured nothing in this Commonwealth. It sold its products at wholesale in this Commonwealth, and for that purpose hired in its own name on Atlantic Avenue, Boston, premises where it had an office and storage room, sufficient to hold beer and ale for its daily business. It owned and maintained on the premises a complete set of office furniture. It also owned and maintained in Boston horses and wagons sufficient to deliver most of the goods which it sold in that city. It received from the board of police of the city of Boston a license in its name, of the fourth class, to sell intoxicating liquors in that city as a wholesale dealer, and it hired an agent styled a " manager," a bookkeeper, and delivery men for the conduct of its business in Boston. It sent from Philadelphia all books used Discharge in Insolvency not a Bar to an Action. at the office in Boston, and kept its accounts of the business which it did in Boston as follows. The bills of lading of all goods sent to Boston were made out to " Sol. Bacharach, Manager, N. E. Depot." An invoice was made out to " The New England Depot," charging the goods at a certain price; but the manager was in no way liable to the plaintiff for the goods so sent, and never had title to them in any way. All sales made in Boston were entered by the Boston bookkeeper under a heading in this form: " A. B., in account with Bergner & Engel Brewing Co., N. E. Depot." A weekly statement of the account with each customer, and of the general business of the N. E. Depot, was rendered to the main office of the company in Philadelphia. The beer and ale for which the plaintiff sought to recover were ordered by the defendant at the above described Boston office of the manager or other employees, all of whom resided in this Commonwealth, and were delivered from there in the plaintiffs wagons to the defendant at his restaurant in Boston. Thereafter, the defendant, who was a citizen of this Commonwealth, filed a voluntary petition in insolvency in Suffolk County. He received his discharge before this action was brought. The plaintiff did not prove its claim in those proceedings, and has never received payment of any part thereof. If the action was barred, judgment was to be entered for the defendant; otherwise, judgment was to be entered for the plaintiff for .$554.23, with interest from November 13, 1896, and costs.