Root Glass Company

           Root Glass Company

               Terre Haute, Indiana  (1901-1932)

The marks “R.G.CO.”  and “ROOT” were used by Root Glass Company. Both marks were frequently embossed rather lightly on the base, or along the lower heel of bottles, and sometimes the lettering is almost illegible.  Root produced a wide variety of soda, mineral water and beer bottles as well as fruit jars. (Root Glass Company is justly famous for having produced the first “Hobbleskirt” shaped Coke bottles, circa 1915 or 1916).

There were two separate factories in the early years, one for fruit jars and the other for bottles. The fruit jar factory was purchased by Ball Brother Glass Manufacturing Company in 1908, and operated by Ball until it was closed in 1912 or 1913.  Root Glass Company was bought by Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1932.

Later the plant became part of the American-Wheaton Glass Corporation, in 1962 it was sold to the American Can Company, and then sold again to Midland Glass Company in 1968. After being purchased by the Anchor Glass Container Corporation, the property was closed down in 1984.

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15 Responses to Root Glass Company

  1. Verdeana Boyles says:

    I have a green bottle that has “Last Day April 30, 1984 and The names of several people on it with Prod supt, Frm Supt, foreman and CPPAW with name for each. And on the back is Terre Haute and 10 peoples names also A>F>G>W>U> Local 134.There are also names on the bottom. Did this come from Midland Glass?

  2. Clarice says:

    I have a clear Hollieanna pint canning jar. The Hollieanna is in script in a slight arc above the word MASON. The bottom has ROOT underlined and below the line 32. How would I find the age?

    • David says:

      Hi Clarice,
      I’m not aware of any information that can pinpoint the date of these jars, other than the assumption they were made by Root Glass Company. Because they are clear (not aqua), I would assume they were made in the very late years of Root, sometime in the very late 1920s up to c. 1932. (Although maybe just a jar mold number, it is also possible the “32” is a code indicating the jar mold itself was made in 1932, but I can’t say that is correct). Owens-Illinois Glass Company, who took over the Root Glass Company jar plant, also made some Hollieanna jars, but those examples are presumably those that have the “ROOT” marking erased from the mold, and post-date 1932.
      Best regards,
      David

  3. Amy Button says:

    I have an Amber coca cola bottle ROOT is imprinted on the bottle and Coca-Cola is on the side with Huntsville, ALA. Under it.
    Any info as far as history, rarity, or value?

    • David says:

      Hi Amy,
      Root is known to have made large numbers of Coke bottles including the earlier “straight sides” type and the “hobbleskirt” style bottle. I am not a Coke bottle specialist, so I can’t comment on your bottle, other than to note it is a “straight-sides” type and was made in the 1900s or early to mid-1910s. However, perhaps someone else who lands on this site can offer their opinions. Also, I would suggest you try posting a query on the http://antique-bottles.net site, where many collectors discuss all kinds of bottles and jars. I am sure there are many Coke bottle specialists who frequent that site, and someone may have more info for you, including ideas on the relative rarity of the type you are describing.
      Best regards,
      David

    • Steve Hale says:

      Amy: Your bottle is considered “common” (that doesn’t necessarily mean easy to find!) and in average condition (normal wear – no chips or cracks) would have a retail value of around $30.

  4. Angela B says:

    I have a straight sided green glass coca cola bottle, that says ‘The Jacksonville Fla. Coca Cola trademark registered Bottling Company” across the front. Root imprinted on the bottom,and the number ‘436’ on the back close to the bottom. Any ideas when this was made?

  5. Louis Ketchum says:

    I have a straight side Coca Cola aqua bottle. Below the Coca Cola which is in the middle of the bottle. Right below it says TRADEMARKREGISTERED. On the other side at the bottom it says THIS BOTTLE NOT SOLD. On the base it has ROOT. No other markings, words or city present. I am looking for any information I can get. I believe the Coca-Cola script dates it 1893-1901.
    Thank you

    • David says:

      Louis, your Coke bottle dates from sometime in the 1901-1917 time period. Root Glass Company started in 1901, and most of the straight-sided Cokes were being phased out (replaced by the “hobbleskirt”) around the 1915-1917 time period.
      David

      • Louis Ketchum says:

        Thank you for your information. If you ever come across any information on Shreveport LA bottles I am always interested. I currently have a proximity 200 and in the process of learning and identifying the bottles, people and the growth of this industry in Shreveport.
        Thank you for your helppappy

  6. Sugaraxle says:

    I have a roots light blue mason bottom side marked A this is all wondering about rareity-time produced all I see are people talking about numbers

    • David says:

      They are not rare, but certainly not nearly as common as the typical Ball jars.The “A” on the bottom is probably a mold letter. According to “The Fruit Jar Works, Volume 2” by Alice M. Creswick and Steven B. Creswick (1987), the “ROOT MASON” jars date from circa 1906 to 1909. The most common color is aqua (light bluish-green). Other colors known include shades of amber, and olive green. For current values, check the REDBOOK of fruit jars, or search ebay auctions over a period of time and see what the actual COMPLETED AUCTIONS prices are.

  7. Yogi Bear says:

    Until recently, we all assumed Root never made blob-tops. Myself and one other man each have a ROOT-made blob-top. They look like beers, but were paper labels so we cannot be sure. It’s like my Michigan Bottling Co., Muskegon, bottle: You think it’s one thing, but you will never be sure. He was so excited to find the Root blob, and we all were interested. Later, I became sure they’re not all that uncommon–but I assume there is only a handful of variations; the example I’m talking about being the most common if not the only. My theory is, because they’re not embossed and are large-sized, people who dig them tend to not give them much attention as there are other, better bottles in the hole. I got mine only a short, short while after he did. Be on the look-out, for right now it’s unique still. You’re in luck, gotta cut my post here short: An alarm is screeching. Lol.

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