ALEX WILLS & CO / GLOBE MILLS / MONTREAL etc.

I am doing this group to put forward a rare jar &  that this jar is Canadian made .


I'll start with the jars with similar product names.

The next two jars are British made with the registered on the base . I do not have pic's. If anyone has pictures of these two jars I would appreciate if you could send me them.

Red Book # 624-4 Fresh Ground Choice Coffee & Spices / Montreal ( would have Registered on base )
The neck has slanted lugs like the Hartell Jar , with a ground lip.


NOTE new info as of May , 2019.
New Unlisted Jar ... Comes with Murray , Heron & Co. / Choice Coffee & Spices / Montreal 
I had never seen this jar till looking through "glassCo" an auction that was from Ottawa Ont. Auction #7 in 1997.
The neck has slanted lugs like the Hartell Jar , with a ground lip. Registered on the base.
  
In 1873 they were Murray & Heron .
1874 -1878 they were Murray , Heron & Co. 
I take the RB # 624-4 as being the early one and the New listing as being in the 1874-1878 time frame

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Red book # 2812 .  TRADE MILLS / COFFEE & SPICES / MONTREAL , base has the word REGISTERED

This would be the earlier jar of it and the Ewing , Heron ,& Co

Red book # 955.5 .  EWING & HERON /TRADE MILLS / COFFEE & SPICES / MONTREAL , base has the word REGISTERED

The Ewing Heron & Co were from 1892 - 1897.

These jars are British made , no question. The British used Registered instead of trade marked or copyright .

Dates of operation are shown below pictures.
 

The following are dates taken from the Montreal Directories. ( Sometimes Heron is spelled with two r's.)

1873 - Murray & Heron ( James B Murrary and Robert Heron )  Coffee and Spice Mills , 67 McGill

1874 - Murray , Heron & Co 
Trade Coffee and Spice Mills , 67 McGill

1875 - Murray , Heron & Co
Importers and Wholesale dealers in Coffee and Spices , 43 College

1876 - Murray , Heron & Co
Manufacturers and Importers of Coffee , Spices , etc , 43 College cor St Henry

1877 until 1878 still Murray , Heron & Co at same address as above.

In 1879 - the company is now called Bourgeau , Liffiton & Co.  Manufacturers and Importers of Coffee and Spices , 43 College and 6 St Henry ( Robert Herron is the Co )

In 1880 , the company becomes Bourgeau  , Heron & Liffiton - Manufacturers and Importers of Coffee and Spices , 43 College and  6 St Henry until 1883 ( only at 43 College after first year.)

1884 - 1892 - Bourgeau & Herron 
Trade Coffee and Spice Mills , 43 College

In 1886 the address is 43 and 49 College

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In 1887 - the address becomes 69 -71 St James. It is also the address (71 St James ) given for Alex Wills & Co , Manufacturing Agent.

In 1888 the address for Bourgeau & Herron is 51 and 53 College. This is Alex Wills' address for the years 1880-1886 for his Coffee and Spice Mills (Globe Mills ).
Bourgeau & Herron have become the Proprietors of his Mills and it is here we find out " Trade Mills " is the name of their mill.
The Trade Millls Coffee & Spice , Montreal jars would be from the time period of Bourgeau & Herron 1884 -1892.

 

The directory only mentions  both Trade and Globe Mills for the years 1888-1889.  After , it is called Trade Mills.

In 1891 on June 11 a new partnership is formed between Robert Herron and Samual William Ewing.

The 1892 Montreal Directory now lists the company as  Ewing , Herron & Co.


Manufacturers and Importers of Coffee, Spices , Mustard , Cook's Best Baking Powder etc .
Proprietors of Trade Mills.
Sole Manufacturers for Canada of Peterman's Roach Food- Fatal to Cock-Roaches.
579 and 581 St Paul St


Although the address is different in 1892 the directory says College st  "is now part of St Paul St".

The company parts ways in 1897.

Robert Herron joins with Henry Hurst -
 Robert Herron & Co
Herron Coffee and Spice Mills 555, 554 ,557 St Paul

In the 1898 directory Samual W Ewing is now part of the company S H Ewing & Sons (a relative).
Importers of corks , Coffee , Spices , Mustard , World's Best Baking Powder and Prop. of Trade Mills.
Sole Manufacturers for Canada of Peterman's Roach Food- Fatal to Cock-Roaches.
Mill and Factory 98 , 100, 102 King St Office 27 St Sacrament

 

Now we have the Red book 3017.5   ALEX WILLS & CO / GLOBE MILLS / MONTREAL


While the Trade Mills jars are drums, this one is a barrel , there is no REGISTERED on the base.
There is no question in my mind this one is Canadian made .   The color matches many of the EGCo jars .

 

The design is like several American fruit jars and is much like the small mustard barrel jars made by most Canadian glass houses.

NOW TO THE NEW JAR , I have only seen a few.


 It is from the same mould as the Alex Wills & Co jar , but that name is ground out and replaced by  M. LEFEBRVRE & Co on the raised band where Wills was ground away , also the applied collar lip for the stopper has been changed to a threaded neck for a screw band .
 It has a ground lip and likely came with a tin lid but I use a band with an underseal rayed lid . 
The color matches the green of the NAGCo and my Darling Imp. Quart with the single line logo made by NAGCo.
This matches the colors of the original Wills mould to the Excelsior Glass Co. , and later NAGCo reworking it to the                M. Lefebvre & Co.

Below are cuts from the Montreal Directories


80-81  
WILLS ALEX.. & CO., coffee and spice mills,
51 and 53 College
Wills Alex., of Alex. Wills A Co., 3 Phillips sq.


84-85
Wills Alex., & Co. , coffee and spice mills, 51 and
53 College


86-87
 MY NOTE .. It is here that he is last listed as selling coffee & spices.
Wills Alex., & Co., coffee and spice mills, 51 and 53
College....

86-87
LEFEBVRE MICHEL, & CO.,
Manufacturers of PURE VINEGARS
and METHYLATED SPIRITS
and DISTILLERS, STORE and OFFICE
21, 23 and 20 Cosford, DISTILLERY
and VINEGAR WORKS, corner Papineau
Road and St Rose st

87-88
Wills Alex., & Co. .manufacturers' agents, 71 St James,
87-8
LEFEBVRE MICHEL, A CO.,
Manufacturers of PURE VINECARS
and METHYLATED SPIRITS
and DISTILLERS, STORE and OFFICE
21, 23 and 20 Cosford, DISTILLERY
and VINEGAR WORKS, corner Papineau
Road and St Rose st

 88-89
WILLS ALEX, com merchant, 13 St Nicholas,
» h Western av, Cote St Antoine


88-89
LEFEBVRE MICHEL, & CO./
Manufacturers of PURE VINECARS
and METHYLATED SPIRITS,
and DISTILLERS, STORE and OFFICE
21. 23 and 25 Cosford, DISTILLERY
and VINEGAR WORKS, cor Papineau
road and St Rose st

89-90
L EFEBVRE MICHEL, &. CO., ^ Manufacturers of Pure Vinegars
and Methylated Spirits, Distillers, Ac,
also Packers of the Celebrated
Lion '' L " Brand of Mixed Pickles.
Stores & Offices, 21, 23 & 25 Cosford st.
Works, 80 and 82 Papineau road.
Salt Houses, 6 to 14 St Rose st,
Bell Tel. No. 496, Federal Tel. No. 194
89-90
Wills Alex., com merchant, 13 St Nicholas, h Greene
av, Cote St Autoine