BURLINGTON GLASS MOULDS
The Burlington Glass had many but not all of the Heart shaped Crowns ( aka sweet-heart Crowns) Hamilton began making them after they bought out the Burlington works in 1885
The first from Burlington was the No Word Heart Crown . These may have been as early as 1877-79 ? There are two moulds in each size. Looking at the base plate one can see it is the same style as THE / BURLINGTON . Both Burlington's base and engraving style was more similar to the NAGCo group of jars but differed greatly from Hamilton Glass Works or Co.
I doubt if I have all of these Heart Crowns but this is a good start.
NO WORD HEART CROWN
NOTE... all of the NO WORD jars are clear glass.
QUART..Regular measure . I have a 16 pearls each side and a listing for 14 left side & 13 right side.
HALF GALLON.. Regular measure . I have a 14 pearls each side and a listing for 17 one side and 16 the other I'm uncertain of which is right or left .
IMPERIAL SIZED HEART CROWNS
These have the open bow tie in the center of the Crown. The R has a swoop on the leg but is not like the Hamilton R that has the tail curling back upwards.The base plate is similar to the Montreal style jars.
These jars come in very rich tealy aqua's .This is the Burlington jar color after they stopped using the more expensive clear glass.
NOTE in the Quart & Half Gallons there is no easy way to tell the A , B , & C moulds apart if the base letter doesn't show , this happens on the half gallons the most , they are almost identical .
The pic below shows the type of crown emblem used by Burlington Glass Works on their early Imperial measure jars .
IMP PINTS ......There are none.
They come in ,BASE , A , B, & C . Each has 13-13 pearls per side .
The base letter is 1/2inch tall . I have the A mould in clear but the embossing is almost gone from long use and sanding of the mould. It is thought by some that where there are no pins between the Crown and the pearls that it is another or a scarce mould , it is not. This is only normal thinning of engraving that happened to all moulds over time. Like sanding a scratch out of an object.
IMP HALF GALLONS
These come in , BASE , A ,B , & C . Each has 13 - 13 pearls per side.
The base letter is 5/8ths inches tall . There are 3 moulds , these have the open bow tie in the center of the Crown. They have the short pins from the Crown to the pearls. The R has a swoop on the leg but is not like the Hamilton R that has the tail curling back upwards.The base plate is similar to the Montreal style jars. These can be found with no base letter ,but they can be matched to those with base letter jars . These are just because the glass was wrinkled where the letter is. I have a base C in clear.
REGULAR HALF GALLON .
This next group or set are after the 1885 takeover of Burlington Glass by Hamilton Glass Co. and Hamilton got the Heart shaped Crown . I will write this set up , as both the Burlington group moulds A & B plus the (odd C ) & the Hamilton group moulds C&D . The glass color is now the light aqua of the Hamilton formula and sand used.
BURLINGTON MADE REGULAR HALF GALLON
MOULDs. BASE , A & B .
They have 15 - 15 pearls per side , the bow ties are now closed as per the later Hamilton style. The Crown emblem though is larger than the Hamilton ones that are listed next. The emblem is about 3 & 1/16 to 3 & 1/8th inches across from pearls to pearls. The letter R still has the swoop but doesn't curl back up .
The base letters are now double outlined and 1 & 1/4 inches tall on a Hamilton type base plate. The line that goes around the base of the jar at the heel is 5/8ths of an inch up on the Burlington jars.
The B base mould has a reversed N in CROWN. It is VERY common and should not be priced higher than any other in this group I have one B mould in clear these are scarce.
In the pic below Note the letter R it is now different from the old Burlington R but has the slight curl on the leg.
HAMILTON MOULDS IN THIS GROUP
These have all of the Hamilton features.
MOULDs. BASE , C & D have 14 - 14 pearls per side. These jars are HAMILTON JARS . They are companions to the A & B moulds of the above Burlington made ones. The leg on the R has a tail that curls back up like all the No Dot Crowns and other Heart Crowns that are made by Hamilton Glass Co. The base letters are again large double outlined , the C is 1 & 1/2 inches tall, THESE .. C moulds are more common with the D much harder to get. ( See above note on Burlington made large C ) The line that goes around the base of the jar at the heel is 1/2 of an inch up on the C mould & 3/4 up on the D mould.
Pic below is the D mould notice the curl on the R . This is the type of R used by Hamilton .
OTHER REGULAR HALF GALLONS
BASE NUMBER 1 this number is 11/16ths inches high. This is the same mould as the NO DOT CROWN of the same Base number 1. The jars circumference is only a bit larger but where the Heart Crown is , the jars shoulders go straighter up to be curved or rounded rather than the tapered shoulders of the No Dot.
PLAIN BASE MOULDS .
I have two moulds at this time , there may be more. 13 - 13 pearls per side and 14 - 16 pearls per side. These I am sure also came from the No Dot moulds with no base numbers.
The time frame 1885 fits with the No Do Crowns being taken out of productuion and all of the moulds being reworked into these Crown jars and the THE GEM /RUTHERFORD & CO later varients.
HERE I'LL GO TO THE OTHER MOULDS OF THE HAMILTON GLASS Co. They will have all of the Hamilton features. Check for the curled leg on the R .
QUARTS REGULAR MEASURE.
This is a more complex group , I will list what I have at this time.
At this time 1885 approx. the No Dot Crowns were taken out of production.
Some of the moulds were turned into THE GEM / RUTHERFORD & CO 's last set . Some of the quarts were reworked into these Heart Crowns.
Each jar in each of the following groups is very similar to the others in it's group
I have Base E , F , G , that are made at the same time. The base letter is large with heavy seriffs . The line around the base of the jar at the heel is about 1/2 inch up .
E.. has 13 - 13 pearls per side, the E is seen with the embossing on your right side looking at the base.
F.. has 13 - 13 pearls per side, the F is seen with the embossing on your right side looking at the base.
G.. has 15 - 15 pearls per side, the G is seen with the embossing on your left side looking at the base.
There is a B base , and a plain base that later gets a O base letter , also another plain base . Each has the line at the heel of jar at 11/16th inches.
B .. has 13 - 13 pearls per side, the B is seen with the embossing facing down looking at the base.There is a rough area between the top of the cross and the bow tie. The three dots just above the bow tie are offset to the right side with the bottom one touching the arc of the right lobe of the crown emblem .The lobe of the letter R is 1/16th of an inch away from the letter O . I have this jar in clear.
Base 6 , 13 - 13 pearls per side. The 6 is upright when the Crown is down while looking at the base. This was also a former No Dot Crown based on the rough spots left on the back of the jar. There was a base 6 No Dot but it's number was tall and skinny. This could be that jar reworked as both have the line around the base at the heel of the jar 11/16ths up from the bottom. There is a number 5 base No Dot who's number is like the style of the 6 on this jar.
Plain Base .. 13 - 13 pearls per side , the dots above the bow tie go slightly to the left . The top of the letter C is flatter than the other moulds , the top of the R almost droops .The top right of the lobe of the letter R almost touches the letter O . There is a rough spot on the back of the jar where the No Dot emblem was.
Plain Base , becomes O base. 13 - 13 pearls per side . in a later rework it gets a Base O . The dots above bow tie start centered but go right with the lowest one touching the lobe of the heart . There is a rough spot behind the cross and the bow tie from the No Dot Crown . The lobe of the letter R is 1/8th away from the letter O .
Plain Base 12 - 13 pearls per side. The 12 are on the left side 13 on the right. This last plain base I have is odd in that the line around the heel of the jar is only about 9/16ths of an inch up from base. It also shows signs of roughness behind the center of the crown.
HAMILTON IMPERIAL MEASURE
IMP PINT .There are two moulds & can be found in the small mouth pint post.
PLAIN BASE 12 - 12 pearls per side
2 RAISED DOTs on BASE 13 - 13 pearls per side.
HAMILTON MADE IMP QUARTS
There are two moulds in this set , one is a plain base the other has a number 2 on it
Plain Base 13 - 13 pearls per side , the difference can be seen in the distance from the top of the cross to the O in the word Crown . This one is 1/8th of an inch . I have this one in clear
Base number 2 , 13 - 13 pearls per side , this time there is 1/16th of an inch between the top of the cross and the O in Crown. The base number 2 can be seen when the embossing is upwards .
HAMILTON MADE IMPERIAL HALF GALLONS
There are two moulds in this set , one is plain base and the other has a large C , these jars are a little shorter than the Burlington Imp half gallons.
BASE C , 13 - 13 pearls per side , the C is 1 & 1/4 inches high. There is 3/16ths inches between the O in Crown and the top of the cross. The cross is offset to the left when looking at the O in Crown . The crown is about 2 & 15/16ths inches across at it's widest point . Later in life the C on the base is difficult to see but is right side up looking at the base with the embossing to your right.
PLAIN BASE , 13 - 13 pearls per side , There is about 1/16th of an inch between the O in Crown and the top of the cross.The cross is centered when looking at the O in Crown . The crown is about 2 & 13/16ths inches across at it's widest point , so about 1/8th inch narrower than the C base mould..
BELOW ARE ODDITIES THAT MUST BE LISTED SEPARATELY
BURLINGTON REGULAR MEASURE QUARTS
Two moulds for this group , they are late production when moulds were being reworked so as not to make fresh moulds . They were discontinuing the Heart Crown line. approx. 1890
BASE large 7 , . 10 - 10 pearls per side , the R leg has a swoop but doesn't curl back up. Wide space between lobes of Crown at bow tie.
BASE small L , . 15 - 16 pearls per side . 15 on the left ,16 on the right . C in word is smaller than most and the O is flattened . Again wide space above bow tie.
ODD ONE ... IMP QT.
Base A ..14 - 13 pearls per side . It is a large 1 inch high letter A . I have a single jar with a Hamilton type base. Yet the bow tie is open but not as open as the Burlington A , B & C imperial quart moulds . It is a little more like the Hamilton one. The O in Crown is round not squared like the normal imp. qts. The R's are like the Burlington engraving . It is a later production piece with the Crown lobes also like Burlington .The A on base can be seen when embossing is on your left.
ODD MOULD . BASE DOUBLE OUTLINED C . REGULAR HALF GALLON
This jar is out of place in the regular half gallon group of A & B ( Burlington ) and C & D ( Hamilton ) for several reasons I have never found it in aqua but have two in clear . On one the base letter Double outlined C doesn't show but it is the same jar. The C on the base is 1 & 1/2 inches tall and 1 & 1/8th inches wide. It's R in Crown is like a Burlington jar , as is the rest . The line at heel of jar is 5/8ths up . The embossing of the C in CROWN is very small ( not even like the Burlington moulds A & B ) it is 13/16ths inches high by 11/16ths wide. I will continue to look for this one in aqua.
At this time I consider this a scarce one.
NOTE >> A clear distinction must be made between this large C and the common one made by Hamilton .
The pic below shows the normal C base Hamilton made ( left ) & regular half gallon & the Odd one listed above (right ).
Below that is a pic of both bases , in the same order.