Anchor and H entwined mark: Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation

Anchor-Hocking Glass Corporation

Anchor-Hocking Corporation

Lancaster, Ohio and other glass manufacturing locations (1937- to date)

Anchor-Hocking mark

Anchor and “H” intertwined: Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation


First identification mark used: Anchor with an “H” superimposed (entwined) over it, in use since 1937. (Shown here, as seen on the bottom of a Shedd’s Lady Betty prune juice bottle in emerald green glass).

Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation was formed in 1937, a result of the merger of the Hocking Glass Company, Lancaster, Ohio (which began in 1905) and the Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation, Salem, New Jersey (began 1913).

Over the years, a number of glass manufacturing plants were involved including locations at Salem, New Jersey; Winchester, Indiana (former Woodbury Glass Company, later, Turner Glass Corp., later General Glass Corp. plant); Connellsville, Pennsylvania (former Capstan Glass Company which closed down on November 5 , 2004- thanks to info provided by Tamara Garza) ; Jacksonville, Florida;  San Leandro, California;  Los Angeles, CA;  Waukegan, Illinois and Houston, Texas.   In 1970, the former Phoenix Glass Company plant located in Monaca, Pennsylvania was acquired by Anchor Hocking.

Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation became “Anchor Hocking Corporation” in 1969, as the word “Glass” was eliminated from the official company name as they were expanding worldwide and diversifying into the production of many other types of products.

Anchor Hocking has produced tremendous quantities of both utilitarian container glass (soda bottles, food containers for retail sale, etc) and a great variety of glass tableware and cookware for home use (including such popular product lines as “Ruby Red“, “Forest Green” and their “Fire-King” semi-opaque glassware). Currently such items as storage canisters, candle holders, and assorted kitchen ware is still being made here in the United States. Most of the ware made in the United States is made at the Lancaster, Ohio or Monaca, Pennsylvania plants.  However, very recently (i.e.  2014) some of the glass marketed by Anchor Hocking has been “outsourced”, i.e.  is now being manufactured in factories outside the United States.

Cobalt blue sundae glass by Anchor Hocking

Cobalt Blue sundae glass or Ice Cream Soda “Tulip” style tumbler, marked on base with an anchor inside rectangle  (6 & 3/4″ tall). I don’t know the exact dates these were made, but I bought this one new @ Target in about the year 2000. If anyone has info on when this color/pattern was being manufactured, please let me know!

Although the “old” Anchor/H mark was reportedly discontinued circa 1977 in favor of the “new” mark (anchor within a rectangle, shown here, introduced in about 1968) some glassware dating after 1977 also carries the “old” mark. I assume that all of the glass molds in production were not retooled immediately, but it took some time before all molds in use were carrying the new logo.

Anchor inside a rectangle mark used by Anchor Hocking. This is the mark on the base of the Sundae glass shown on this page.

Anchor inside a rectangle mark used by Anchor Hocking. This is the mark on the base of the Sundae glass shown on this page.

 

For a list of Anchor Hocking plant code numbers and other info pertaining to bottle bases in use during the 1960s/1970s period (courtesy of Dick Cole, fruitjar.org), click here .

 

Most of the Anchor Hocking glass container plants were “spun off” in 1983 to form the newly created  Anchor Glass Container Corporation, with headquarters in Tampa, Florida. A very wide variety of glass containers for many types of foods, beverages and other products were produced.

In August, 2012 AGCC was acquired by the Ardagh Group, then headquartered in Luxembourg, Europe.  However, 6 of those Anchor Glass Container Corporation plants, that is, the Elmira, NY; Warner Robbins, GA;  Jacksonville, FL; Lawrenceburg, IN; Henryetta, Oklahoma;  and Shakopee, MN locations have recently been acquired by KPS,  as of April, 2014.

Anchor Glass Container Corporation logo, here as embossed on the base of a Jim Beam handled liquor jug, date coded 2006.

Anchor Glass Container Corporation logo, here as embossed on the base of a Jim Beam handled liquor jug, date coded 2006.

For more info, please check these article links:

http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Financial/Ardagh-Group-to-sell-six-plants-to-settle-1.7bn-FTC-charges.

http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Financial/KPS-to-buy-Anchor-Glass-from-Ardagh-Group

For  more extensive information on the history and glass products of Anchor Hocking, and photos showing some of the rare and unusual glass they made, please check out the Anchor Hocking Museum site at this URL:

http://www.anchorhockingmuseum.com/History%20of%20Anchor%20Hocking.html

Currently (2013), Anchor Hocking’s official website is located at AnchorHocking.com .

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29 Responses to Anchor and H entwined mark: Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation

  1. Crystal Anderson says:

    We found a creamer with the Ancor Hocking logo on it and the number 16 at the bottom but can’t seem to find what that means. Can you tell us.

  2. Brian Bender says:

    Hi David. Great site! I think I found what I’m looking for through your detailed research. It would appear I found some sea glass with the Anchor in the rectangle. A number on the left reads ’18.’ The number on the right reads ’85’ and it appears towards the bottom it might look like a ’70…’ Any ideas as to what it could be? I’m thinking from 1985, some bottle made in Houston TX (the plant number 18). Makes sense seeing as how I found it near Galveston TX.

    • David says:

      Brian, you are probably correct. Since Anchor has made huge numbers of bottles of many different designs, I would not know what type of bottle it might be from. Typically, the number to the immediate right of the logo is a date code, so 1985 would be right.
      Best regards,
      David

  3. Marianne Dyson says:

    My husband inherited some glassware from his grandfather’s kitchen in PA in the early 70s. We just got more from his mother’s farm in Michigan and I found the Anchor Hocking mark on the bottom of juice glasses with flowers etched on them. Are these worth something or okay to use for everyday or give to Goodwill without fear of losing an antique? Are glasses from the 20’s and 30’s that have no mark considered worthless? Thanks for help identifying these glasses. I know nothing about antiques! Just wanting to not give away valuables unknowingly.

    • David says:

      Marianne,
      My site is not intended as an appraisal service. Please try searching ebay with the COMPLETED AUCTIONS option, using keywords to find similar items. Most unmarked glasses (tumblers, jelly glasses and soft cheese glasses) from the 1920s and 1930s and later (if they are CLEAR glass with no designs on them) have little value other than their solid practical value for ordinary household use. Any glasses with graphics, designs or identifiable patterns DO have value, although the more common types would have mostly lower values. I am not conversant with the relative commonality and current market values on the many, many floral designs found on those types of glasses. Many of those types of glasses were made by Libbey, Hazel-Atlas and other glass makers.
      Best regards,
      David

  4. Kristy says:

    I’ve found a glass bottle with 8904 on top 59 on right 39 on bottom and 6 on left. Of course the Anchor and H in the middle. I work construction so I often come across old bottles and have a nice collection going on. i enjoy finding all the information I can and keep it with them.

  5. Seth says:

    I found a 2.5 oz Anchor Hocking bottle that has L-875 above the makers stamp, a 5 to the left of it and a ten to the right. I’m curious to know more because it has a cork with a steel piece in the middle tuning down into the bottle with like a cotton ball on the end, basically exactly like the lid on a can of pipe glue just old, it still contains some of the blue liquid inside of it, I am curious to know what is in it or what it was used for

    • David says:

      Seth, I don’t know, but it sounds like it might be a glue or mucilage bottle. Or maybe some kind of cleaning product.
      David

      • Seth says:

        I think you are right, I’ve looked online and found just bottle that look very similar to the one that I have, the were advertised as medicine bottles, I was thinking maybe some type of antiseptic like what they use before you get a shot or some type of industrial use/liquid. I was just curious if it would be worth more to sell or to keep in my collection because I have not found a single one like it online or in my searches so far

        • David says:

          Seth, my site is not intended as an appraisal service but I honestly have no idea on value. I suspect that whatever it is, we would find similar items on the internet via google, ebay, etc if we only knew the ‘right’ keywords to use!
          Best regards,
          David

  6. Karen R. says:

    Sorry, it would not allow more writing. So my questions about my Christmas tree bottle are….what was MAYBE in this bottle? What kind of closure might it have had, as there are no screw on lines? And could it have once sat in or on some kind of apparatus? And could it have been part of a gift set or a gift to their employees?, as it is somewhat signed by Anchor Glass Container?
    Thank you so much for any information!

  7. Karen R. says:

    I have a green glass Christmas tree 4″ tall x 2 1/2″ wide. It says…Happy Holidays and Anchor Glass Container…… on it. The words are placed around the tree like garland. And at the bottom of the tree the glass is inset, almost as if it once sat in something else. But around the inset bottom edges it’s got six marks, all are GG but of course they are back to back G’s, they kinda look like an anchor. And on the actual bottom of the bottle it says…Christmas 1987.

  8. Kathy says:

    Thank you so much for your reply! I’m trying to do the search on Ebay and can’t find the subject and heading boxes you mentioned to check. I also can’t find how to do a saved search. Thank you for your help with this! Such an exciting find!

    • David says:

      Hi Kathy,
      I think you may need to “Sign in” (be a member of ebay) to take advantage of that function. You definitely need to have a valid, current email address registered with ebay so you can receive the automatic emails.
      First, go to any ebay page, although I prefer the “ADVANCED SEARCH” page — just click on the word “ADVANCED” in the top right-hand corner of the page.
      On the ADVANCED page, Enter your search keywords in the “ENTER KEYWORDS OR ITEM NUMBER” box, and check the “TITLE AND DESCRIPTION” box which is located under the words “SEARCH INCLUDING”.
      Click the SEARCH button. When the next page comes up, look for the “FOLLOW THIS SEARCH” in green lettering. Click that, and it should automatically sign you up for email alerts.
      I hope this helps.
      ~David

  9. Kathy says:

    Hi! I just found a glass bottom or something with the A under the H- with the numbers 5258 and a 7 underneath. Very nice piece of beach glass- well cooked. Any idea what it’s from?
    Thanks!
    Kathy

    • David says:

      Kathy, you found a base shard of a container made by Hazel-Atlas Glass Company (not Anchor-Hocking), but I can’t say what it was from, since Hazel-Atlas made thousands of different bottles and jars over their long time in business. The “5258” would be the stock/style/inventory number assigned to that particular container. Here’s an idea: try searching ebay periodically with the keywords “(bottle,jar,jug,glass) 5258 ” (with no quotes, and both subject heading and description boxes checked) or institute a “saved search” in which you receive automated emails when possible matches come up. Sooner or later, if a similar bottle is posted on ebay (and the seller includes the embossed markings on the base in their written description) you may see what type of item the shard is from. Ebay can be useful in searches for info such as this, since huge numbers of bottles of every age and description are posted on that site every year. Hope this helps,
      David

  10. dorothy nusser says:

    HI,

    I have 4 inch tall pink depression juice glasses and each has only a number on the bottom, number 3 and number 6. what might this mean? thanks
    Dorothy

  11. Jeramyah Ross says:

    Can someone who knows about these email me at jeramyahross@gmail.com please? I think i found a 1951 bottle but i can’t find very much info online

  12. Nicole says:

    I found a piece of broken glass with the logo and its red glass and it was found on the rock piles within the low dried up maumee river by side cut park.

  13. Kenneth D. Johnson says:

    I am looking for the old AnchorHocking glass bottling company that was near Vernon California in the early to mid 1970’s.. They sold out to another company about 1976. I used to work for them. Looking to find out what company they sold to.

    • Matthew Shutz says:

      I live on the Patuxent River and found an old what looks like peanut butter bottle but it has ounce numbers on the side of it Girling only up to 32…. and on the bottom there is a six and on the right there is a 14 with a line underneath of it and then you have an anchor with the H in the middle !!! My email is mattshutz78@gmail.com.. I also as a child found a lot of Washington dairy milk glass bottles that are not broke !! I have always been interested in these bottles please somebody let me know what I have thank you !!! Sincerely Matt S

      • David says:

        Hi Matt,
        I tried contacting you directly by email but your email was returned with a “mailer daemon” as “unknown”, so perhaps you typed it incorrectly. You can email me pics of the jar, using the email address as shown on the bottom right-hand corner of any page on this site.
        Also, there have been thousands of dairies that operated throughout the United States that had personalized glass milk bottles manufactured for them……. many of them carry a company name along with city, town and/or state information. Not sure if you mean “Washington state” bottles or Washington, D.C., but I would suggest you post a query (along with photos of the milk bottles if possible) at the http://www.antique-bottles.net site, where many bottle and jar collectors discuss all types of antique glass containers. There are lots of dedicated milk bottle collectors who frequent that forum, so perhaps someone can pass along better information for you. You just need to sign up as a member in order to post. It is a free and friendly site!
        Best regards,
        David

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