One of my favorite things to do after snagging a unique antique is to find its story. This is my favorite one to date. Interested in purchasing? Check out our Etsy Shop! Link in bio.
This very rare original antique tea grocery display has quite the story behind its company. The Austin Nichols & Co. was formed in 1879. Known as one of the leading wholesale grocers in the country, this manufacturing company occupied a series of large buildings built in 1915 in the wholesale food district of New York City, now called Tribeca. The building at 184 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY still stands and is now occupied as luxury condos. As one of the earliest reinforced concrete warehouses in the US, the Austin, Nichols & Co. stocked and imported fine goods. Canned goods was the largest department, sold chiefly under the Sunbeam Foods label. Many products were imported from Europe, but others were prepared on site or packaged for distribution, such as coffee, tea, and olives. This historic building has earned its designation as a New York City landmark and a listing in the National Register of Historical Places. Interestingly enough, Austin Nichols went on to create, distill, and bottle Wild Turkey whiskey in 1942.