Great Western Glass Company
St. Louis, Missouri (1874 – c.1887)
This “G.W.” mark is seen on the bottoms of a variety of utilitarian bottles and jars typical of the late Victorian era. These bottles are most frequently found in the St. Louis and surrounding area. They are typically found in a very pale green or aqua-colored glass. It is currently uncertain when the last bottles were blown here by Great Western Glass Company.
Here are a couple brief mentions from contemporary sources:
“The Great Western Glass Company, P. B. Leach, President, W. F. de Cordova, Secretary and Treasurer, was established in 1874. Their specialties are druggist’s flint prescription bottles,.and flasks. Their capacity, which is 300 boxes a day, has been more than doubled since 1878, when it was only 125 boxes daily, and still the demand continues to increase at a rate that will require early enlargement.” 1882-83 [St. Louis] Year Book of the Commercial, Banking, and Manufacturing Interests, Volume 1.
“The Great Western Glass Works, corner of Third and Barton streets, are being wrecked by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association, who will establish in their place a bottle house employing new methods of manufacture.” Iron and Machinery World, [trade newspaper] December 27, 1890, page 12.
The soon-to-be-built bottle manufacturing plant mentioned in that brief article above would have been the second plant of the Adolphus Busch Glass Manufacturing Company, division or subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association. Beer bottles made by that concern are typically embossed “A.B.G.M.CO” or “A.B.G.CO”.
This operation evidently went by either/both “Company” or “Works” although the term “Works” may have been used more in casual conversation, referring to the actual brick and mortar building as opposed to the organized business operation (firm name).
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