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Old Horsey Rye Whisky 1839 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt



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Inheriting land at Needwood in Maryland at an early age, Outerbridge Horsey – yes, that was his name – about 1839, determined not just to farm it, but to establish a distillery. His initial operations appear to have been small with mainly local whiskey sales, in keeping with the Maryland farmer-distiller traditions of that era. Shown here is a Horsey sign at a store in neighboring Boonesboro. With a daily capacity less of than 400 bushels of mash, production from Horsey’s distillery put it almost squarely in the middle of Maryland’s whiskey makers. Taxable revenues from the operation stayed steady at around $25,000 for many years. During his 60 years in distilling, Horsey steadfastly emphasized maintaining quality over increasing quantities of his whiskey. Horsey’s method of aging his whiskey was unusual for the times and brought fame to his operation. He sent barrels via ship around Cape Horn to San Francisco and then by railroad back to Maryland for bottling. His theory was that sloshing around inside barrels on the high seas mellowed and aged the whiskey in beneficial ways that sedentary storing in warehouses failed to do. He marked crates containing Horsey Rye with the message: “This whiskey was shipped by sea to San Francisco, thus acquiring a unique and most agreeable softness.” During the Civil War, Needwood became a fierce battleground and the distillery was destroyed, but despite these setbacks, Horsey remained passionate about making whiskey. He used his sojourn in Europe during the war to visit Scotland and other European distillery sites to learn as much as possible on how to produce high-quality liquor. Returning to Maryland after the war, he set about rebuilding his operation and eventually claimed it as “the first Eastern pure rye distillery of the U.S.” Horsey marketed his whiskey in bottles with fancy labels with the Scottish spelling of ‘whisky,’ established dealers in nearby towns, and opened an office for his company in Baltimore. Establishments carrying Outerbridge’s brand were given an attractive bar ornament — a metal horse about four inches high. Not long after Horsey’s death in 1902, his aristocratic family apparently had no interest in making whiskey and sold the distillery. Under new management production doubled by 1907, leaving Horsey’s quality before quantity mantra in the dust. As one might expect, consumer’s love of Old Hosey began to fall off in favor of other quality labels and with the advent of Prohibition, operations came to a screeching halt and were never resumed upon its repeal in 1934.


Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size


Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

Width 18 20 22.01 24.02 25.99 28
Length 28 29.02 30 31.03 32.01 33
Sleeves 8.9 9.18 9.45 9.73 10 10.4

All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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