Falls City Glass Company

FALLS CITY GLASS COMPANY

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
(1884-1892)

The Falls City Glass Company glassworks was located in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, on Lytle Street, and made a wide variety of utilitarian bottles and jars.

The ‘F.C.G.CO.’  initials are embossed on the base of wax sealer-style fruit jars, pickle bottles, hock wines, coffin flasks, cylinder whiskey bottles,  whiskey “mini-samplers”, blobtop beers,  peppersauce bottles, olive oils, generic Worcestershire sauce bottles, Hutchinson (“Hutch”)  style soda/mineral water bottles, shoe polish bottles,  chemical bottles and other “generic” or “packer ware” containers in common use during the late Victorian era.

A few items are marked “F.C.G.C.”,  including the Joseph Goldbach / PorPoise Oil Dressing bottle which is only known with an embossing error in which all of the S’s appear backward on the finished bottle.  That bottle is more or less identical in shape to the well-known “Frank Miller’s Crown Dressing” bottles which contained shoe polish or “shoe dressing”.

Shown below to the left are a “coffin” flask, (typically used for whiskey, but sometimes other liquids such as camphor, flavorings, medicines), a gothic-style peppersauce bottle, and an olive oil bottle, all marked with the initials “F.C.G.CO.” on the bottom.

Group of three falls city glass bottles

Group of Falls City Glass Company bottles, all marked F.C.G.CO. on base.

FCGCO chemical / packer bottle

FCGCO chemical / packer bottle

F.C.G.CO. on base of chemical/packer bottle.

F.C.G.CO. on base of chemical / packer bottle

Base of pumpkinseed flask (courtesy of unidentified ebay auction seller)

Their product most well-known to collectors would probably be the wax sealer fruit jar which is extremely scarce in a vibrant cobalt blue glass. The typical aqua examples are relatively common and are still occasionally found at antique shops in Louisville and the surrounding region.  Over a dozen slightly different jar mold varieties are known, some with mold numbers on the base, or the initials interspersed in a “W” or cross-hatched lines. Examples are also found in a range of ambers and greens.

 

Left to right: JOSEPH GOLDBACH / PORPOISE OIL DRESSING / LOUISVILLE,KY. (shoe/leather dressing); Wax sealer type fruit jar; Worcestershire Sauce bottle, all marked F.C.G.CO. on base.

Left to right: JOSEPH GOLDBACH / PORPOISE OIL DRESSING / LOUISVILLE,KY. (shoe/leather dressing, marked F.C.G.C.); Wax sealer type fruit jar and “generic” Worcestershire Sauce bottle, both marked F.C.G.CO. on base.

 

 

Note: Occasionally there is confusion regarding Falls City Glass Company and the Falls City Brewing Company, producer of the original “Falls City” brand beer.  Falls City Glass has no connection with the brewing firm which was not organized until 1904, and which started selling draft beer in 1906.  The first bottles of Falls City beer were not on the market until 1908, approximately 16 years after the closing of the Falls City Glass Company factory.

A little more info on Falls City Glass Company can be found in one of my articles published in 2005 about early Louisville glass, here: http://www.blm.gov/historic_bottles/pdffiles/LouisvilleGlass3_DWhitten.pdf

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FCGCO wax sealer fruit jar in cobalt blue, quart size (photographs courtesy of Greg Spurgeon, HoosierJar.com)

F.C.G.CO. wax sealer fruit jar in cobalt blue, quart size (photographs courtesy of Greg Spurgeon, HoosierJar.com)

 

 

 

 

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