#Antiques Glass #Bottles History - Hancock Flint Bottle Company of Findlay Ohio

 

1890 Hancock Flint Bottle Co. Stock Certificate Findlay Ohio

Came across this early stock certificate on ebay ( link ), and thought I'd share a couple of research resources on the history of Ohio's early glass companies.

The seller shared this info: The November 30, 1891 issue of the Dispatch reports that the company went into receivership sometime in the week before the 29th of November but was being seized by the sheriff to "satisfy a claim of $7,000".  


"A Glass Factory to Be Closed.
Fisplat, Nov. 29. Special Late last
night an order of attachment was issued on
the petition of the City Bank or Findlay
against the Hancock Flint Bottle Company,
to satisfy n claim of $7,000. and the Sheriff
will close the works to-morrow. This, is tho
glass factor which went into the hands of
a receiver on last Thursday."


So it seems they went out of business. But there were plenty of other glass and bottle companies in the area.

The glass industry came to Ohio early, and was critical in it's economic growth, especially around Findlay.

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Historical Marker

The REMARKABLE OHIO website shows this marker which is located at The Richardson Glass Works, 421 E. Main Cross Street Findlay. It reads:
Front Text : "The Glass Industry of Findlay"
In 1884, the first natural gas well was successfully drilled in Findlay, and when The Great Karg Well, then the largest in the world, was drilled in 1886, the boom was on. Many industries, especially glass, were attracted to Findlay, lured by free or cheap gas for fuel. They included eight window, two bottle, two chimney lamp, one light bulb, one novelty, and five tableware glass factories. Famed manufacturing pioneer and inventor Mike Owens (later associated with Owens Illinois) managed the Richardson Glass Works, located at this site in 1891-1892. Tableware glass companies included Bellaire Goblet (1888-1892), Columbia Glass (1886-1892), Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton (1888-1901), Findlay Flint Glass (1889-1991), and Model Flint Glass (1888-1893). Tableware companies employed women as decorators and packers. Hundreds of skilled glassworkers came from the eastern states of America, as well as Europe, especially Belgium, France, and Germany. Bottle glassworkers were among the first workers to unionize and to use collective bargaining.
Back Text : "The Glass Industry of Findlay"
In 1884, the first natural gas well was successfully drilled in Findlay, and when The Great Karg Well, then the largest in the world, was drilled in 1886, the boom was on. Many industries, especially glass, were attracted to Findlay, lured by free or cheap gas for fuel. They included eight window, two bottle, two chimney lamp, one light bulb, one novelty, and five tableware glass factories. Famed manufacturing pioneer and inventor Mike Owens (later associated with Owens Illinois) managed the Richardson Glass Works, located at this site in 1891-1892. Tableware glass companies included Bellaire Goblet (1888-1892), Columbia Glass (1886-1892), Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton (1888-1901), Findlay Flint Glass (1889-1991), and Model Flint Glass (1888-1893). Tableware companies employed women as decorators and packers. Hundreds of skilled glassworkers came from the eastern states of America, as well as Europe, especially Belgium, France, and Germany. Bottle glassworkers were among the first workers to unionize and to use collective bargaining. ____________________________________

For more info on the glass industry in and around Findlay, read Glass in Northwest Ohio by Findlay's own, author Quentin R. Skrabec. (Link to the online preview.)





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