B in a circle: Brockway Glass Company

“B in a circle” mark on bottles: Brockway Glass Company, Brockway, Pennsylvania  (1907-1988)

This mark was adopted by Brockway Glass in 1925 and used on tremendous numbers of bottles, up until circa 1988.

The “B in a circle” mark is usually seen on the base, and seems to have been placed  in the center of the base on most earlier bottles (I don’t have a timeline to indicate HOW early),  but by the late 1970s,  if not earlier,  the “B” was typically placed near the top, as in the 12:00 position on a clock. (See pics below of late 1970s-early 1980s bottles). However, keep in mind that this typical placement of the mark is not 100% consistent, and some bottles made by Brockway might not conform to this general rule.

Brockway Machine Bottle Company (starting in 1907) merged with its own subsidiary Broadway Sales Company (created 1927) to form Brockway Glass Company in 1933.    In 1933, Brockway bought the Monaca Glass Company, Monaca, Pennsylvania, but closed that plant about a year later.

Other glass plant acquisitions included the former De Camp Consolidated Glass Casket Company (Muskogee, OK) in 1946;  Sterling Glass Company (Lapel, Indiana) in 1950; the Demuth Glass Company of Parkersburg, WV in 1955, and the Tygart Valley Glass Company, Washington, PA, in 1959.          In 1964, 8 of 10 Hazel-Atlas Glass Company glass manufacturing plants were acquired by Brockway, bringing the total number of plants at that time to sixteen (Julian Toulouse, Bottle Makers and their Marks, 1971, pages 60-61).

In the year 1973, (besides the Brockway PA location), their glass factories were located at:   Crenshaw, PA;  Muskogee, OK;  Lapel, IN;   Freehold, NJ;  Parkersburg, WV;  Washington, PA (2 plants); Rosemount, MN;  Zanesville, OH;  Montgomery, AL;  Ada, OK; Oakland, CA and Pomona, CA.

In 1988, Brockway Glass Company assets were purchased by Owens-Illinois, Inc.,  forming Owens-Brockway, Inc.,  now  Owens-Brockway Glass Containers, Inc.       Exact corporate structure seems a bit confusing to me, but Owens-Brockway Containers, Inc., is presently (2013) a subsidiary of Owens-Illinois, Inc., with O-I  corporation headquarters  (formerly based in Toledo, OH)  now (since 2006) based in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Many of the former Brockway Glass Company container plants are still in operation, under the Owens-Brockway Containers Inc. name.  (See my page that pictures Owens-Illinois Glass Company marks).

For a list of Brockway Glass plant codes in use during 1973 (courtesy of Dick Cole, fruitjar.org), click here .


Brockway ~B-in-a-circle Mark

Brockway Glass Company ~ B in a circle on base of beer bottle


Brockway ~B-in-a-circle Mark - 1979 bottle

Brockway Glass Company – base of 1979 amber beer or soda bottle


Brockway Glass Company - base of 1983 amber beer bottle

Brockway Glass Company – base of 1983 amber beer bottle


Brockway Glass Company - base of 1986 clear soda bottle

Brockway Glass Company – base of 1986 clear soda bottle


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5 Responses to B in a circle: Brockway Glass Company

  1. Bobbi P. says:

    I have (4) 4″ glasses, there are 3 “lines” of circles, with a pedestal bottom. Reminds me of Old jelly jars or maybe even soft cheese product jars.

    The bottoms all have B in a circle, but with just one other number, each on one side of the glass bottom. The numbers are on the left and the B on the right. One glass only has the B.
    I’d appreciate any help you could offer.

    • David says:

      Bobbi, I don’t know anything about the jars, but I will assume they are product jars for soft cheese, peanut butter, jam or jelly. Brockway made a huge variety of containers with the “circled B”. The numbers to the left are presumably mold numbers and give no information on date.

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  3. Martha says:

    I found a small bottle with the circle B in the middle that washed up in St. Augustine, FL. The number over the B is 818. The number to the left is 0, and the number on the bottom is a 10. There is nothing to the right. The neck of the top of the bottle is textured or with tiny little bumps. Is this from 1910 maybe?

    • David says:

      I am quite sure it is not as old as 1910. However I have no info on exact age. The “818” is a mold number assigned to that particular bottle style or design. The “10” could be a plant code number or mold cavity number. It is certainly not a date code for 1910.
      Best regards,