E. O. Brody Co. Cleveland, O. U.S.A. ~~ Glassware

E. O. Brody Company

Cleveland, Ohio (1958-   )

Now part of Anchor Hocking Company. 

E. O. Brody Company is not an actual glass manufacturer, but  a distributor/wholesaler that markets utilitarian and decorative glassware (and ceramic items) made especially for the florist industry.  The glass has been made in the United States, evidently for the most part by Indiana Glass Company, and later (in recent years) by Anchor Hocking.

 

E. O. Brody Company ribbed bowl in avocado green, circa 1960s.

E. O. Brody Company ribbed bowl in avocado green, circa 1960s or early 1970s.

On November 20, 2007 ,  a press release posted on  insideindianabusiness.com indicated that Monomoy Capital Partners, L.P., a New York private equity fund that makes controlling investments in middle market companies that require operational or financial restructuring, announced that it had acquired Indiana Glass Company and E.O. Brody Company from the Lancaster Colony Corporation.   Exact terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Quoting directly from this aforementioned press release:

“Indiana Glass manufactures tabletop and decorative glassware containers for the retail, private label, candle and floral markets. E.O. Brody markets and distributes vases made by Indiana Glass to wholesale florists, large floral buying groups and flower shops. Indiana Glass’ customers include large retailers such as Wal-Mart, specialty retailers, and candle makers.    E.O. Brody supplies the nationwide floral industry, including FTD, 1-800-FLOWERS, and more than 1,200 independent retail florists. The companies employ approximately 450 people at facilities located in Sapulpa, Okla., Tulsa, Okla., Dunkirk, Ind. and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Monomoy will merge Indiana Glass and E.O. Brody into The Anchor Hocking Company, the $220 million glassware manufacturer that Monomoy acquired out of Chapter 11 earlier this year.  Anchor operates facilities in Lancaster, Ohio and Monaca, Pennsylvania. and supplies a wide range of glassware products to mass-market retailers, consumer products companies, candle makers, specialty retailers and the lodging and food service industries.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Indiana Glass and E.O. Brody to the Anchor family,” said Mark Eichhorn, the chief executive officer of Anchor. “Their deep experience in the specialty and floral business is a perfect compliment to Anchor’s presence in the retail and food service markets and will enable to us to more effectively serve both our current customers and adjacent sales channels. The addition of these two businesses will greatly accelerate our plans to restore Anchor’s position as the leading North American supplier of glassware products.”

“Since acquiring the Company in April of this year [2007], Monomoy has instituted a series of business improvement programs at Anchor that have substantially reduced operating expenses and increased profitability throughout the Company.”

E. O. Brody Co. Cleveland, O. mark on ribbed bowl, circa 1960s or early 1970s.

E. O. Brody Co. Cleveland, O. mark on ribbed bowl (also shown above), circa 1960s or early 1970s.

 

 

“E.O. Brody Co.” mark on glass

The E. O. Brody Co. mark is often seen on the base of emerald green, avocado green, clear,  and white milkglass vases, bowls, and other floral containers of many styles and shapes.  Large numbers of milkglass bud vases have been made for many years.  These containers seem to be virtually omnipresent,  so I am sure they have been made in tremendous numbers………virtually every thrift store probably has one of them in stock!

Most of the glassware marked with “E. O. Brody Co” assumedly dates between 1958 and the early to mid-1970s, although I know of no concrete information that discloses how recently glass has been made with this type of marking.  Some of it may date more recently than the 1970s.

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18 Responses to E. O. Brody Co. Cleveland, O. U.S.A. ~~ Glassware

  1. Ron says:

    Thank.You.Ron

  2. ron & Sue says:

    Wanted information on a vase we inherited.E.O Brody.Emerald green diamond pattern vase #120 on bottom

    • David says:

      Sorry, no info other than I assume it is from the 1960s or 1970s. Maybe a reader “in the know” will have something more to contribute.

      ~David

  3. patsy white says:

    Hey Guys, I collect the old e o Brody ceramic pieces. I have a vast collection & hopefully in my lifetime they will come up in value! Would love to publish a collector’s book, with photos, about all my pieces…have not been able to find any one else that is an avid collector! Any Thoughts!

  4. gypsumoon says:

    I love Brody pieces – they’re beautiful, sturdy, well-made – and still very inexpensive at yard sales and some thrift shops in my area. Brides-to-be snap them up when we list them because they’re so affordable as well as gorgeous :)

    • David says:

      I agree~~ I like the medium green glass bowls, in several styles, that date (I believe) from the mid to late 1960s and early 1970s. Well made, good quality, and they are MARKED with a name which is ALWAYS a plus. So many glass makers did not mark their wares at all– which in my opinion is always a mistake…….name recognition helps create a market for items. As time passes and these items become less common, their value will likely go up and the demand for them will increase. Thanks for your post, David

  5. katee gooch says:

    Hi david. I have a white milk glass that has the E O BRODY M 6000 on the bottom but the “Y” is upside down. Are you familiar with this happening? Thanks!

    • David says:

      Katee,
      I’m not familiar with that particular piece, but this would be an example of a moldmaker engraving error. Not unheard of, but certainly rather uncommon in more recent glassware. This milkglass item (bowl? vase?) would have a little extra value simply because of the moldmaker error, although if there is not much demand or interest in Brody pieces at present, the difference in value would be minimal. (This type of occurrence was much more common in utilitarian glass such as ordinary bottles, and electrical insulators, especially in the 1800s and into the very early twentieth century. Some insulator collectors actually specialize in looking for pieces with mold errors, including mis-spelled names, wrong patent dates, upside-down or backwards lettering, etc).
      ~David

  6. Linda says:

    /Can a piece be recognized as Brody without the markings?

    • David says:

      Hi Linda,
      To be honest, I am not familiar enough with known Brody items to answer your question with absolute certainty. But, for what it’s worth, if an unmarked item (such as a bud vase or planter) can be matched up with an identical piece but with the Brody mark this would be very strong evidence. It seems to me that most Brody items are marked, but that may not be true. Perhaps someone with more information or experience with Brody-marked glass can comment on this. Thanks for writing,
      David

  7. Jean Dunn says:

    I have a girl/vase/planter–don’t know which to call it. She is mostly white, but a blue tinge on the ribbon on her hat and also the ribbon on her dress. She is 7 inches tall. Is this a collectible item? The number on the bottom is A-578. There is also a gold sticker on the bottom that says “Design Original by E.O. Brody Cleveland, Ohio Made in Japan”. Can you tell me when it was made and what it is worth?

    • David says:

      Hi Jean,
      From your description I am not sure if you have a glass or a ceramic item. Assuming it is ceramic? In any case, most “MADE IN JAPAN” marked items (in good condition) are considered collectible. The Made in Japan marked items were made over a very long period of time (generally 1920s-1980s), but since this also mentions E. O. Brody, we can narrow it down a bit to post-1958. I would imagine it dates from the 1960s or 1970s, but I really have no specifics, and no info on values. Your best bet for that information would be to search ebay or other internet websites over a period of time, watching similar items being posted there for sale, and what their actual ending price is.
      Best regards,
      David

  8. Jamie says:

    Have bowl with stem, don’t know what it was really used for but mom used it as candy dish, flower bowl, etc. it has 009w or m600, cant tell read one wat then reverse and read another. Looking to sell is there a market for these items?
    Jamie

    • David says:

      Hi Jamie,
      Your best bet would be to search internet auction sites (such as ebay) and use keywords such as Brody and glass, bowl, etc. Lots of Brody glassware is posted for sale on ebay. Check the actual selling prices of items similar to your bowl (Completed auctions), NOT the “asking price” or the minimum bid, which is often extremely unrealistic.
      Hope this helps,
      David

  9. heather says:

    I have a green glass candy bowl flower pot thingy. It says e.o. brody co. Cleve. Ohio usa and in the middle is printed withG-104. Can some one plz help , identify yr maker and ect.

    • David says:

      Heather, good luck finding out anything. All I can pass along would be that your container was actually made by Indiana Glass Company, or Anchor Hocking. The “G-104″ is probably an identifying code (like an inventory, model, or stock number) for that particular style of glass bowl or flower pot.

    • Ann-Celine says:

      I have the same glass bowl, mine as 66 printed in the middle

      • David says:

        Hi Ann,
        Evidently a number of molds were used to produce that same style bowl. The “66″ is probably a mold identifier number. I am assuming (though I cannot be absolutely certain) that it is NOT a date code.
        Best regards,
        David

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