Posted 5 years ago
I broke down and cleaned some of the grime off of this bottle.
After many hours of research with SpiritBear giving me tips on what to look for....Thank you SpiritBear! I now believe this bottle to be rather important in American glass making history.
It was made from an iron mold in pieces and put together. At Clyde Glass Works of Clyde N. Y. However, Clyde Glass Works done business under many other names before this one. In the history of the Hotchkiss peppermint oil company there are two glass makes listed, the first one is Ely Glass Works and the other is F. E. Reed Glass Co. But after much research I found where the Society for Historical Archaeology Inc. has a lengthy write up on glass makers of Clyde N. Y. and the write up makes it clear that both glass companies listed in Hotchkiss peppermint oil history are all the same just with many different business partners over the years.
Most interestingly, the write up about Clyde N. Y. glass makers is primarily about the first Mason jars being made there, or at least some of the first Mason jars.
As for exactly when this bottle was made, all I'm sure of is after 1851 because that's the year they won the awards mentioned on the label. And if I understand and remember correctly, the use of iron molds started fading out around 1865-1880.....I think. Too much info for my brain to remember everything...lol