THE BURLINGTON B.G.Co


The year embossed on these jars certainly does not seem to be the year they were made , in looking at the half gallons the 3rd mould is 1875 while the 1st & 2nd are 1876 , the 4th returns to the 1876 year.

These dates must refer to the 1875 take over of the Myles brothers interests  by John Neil Tarbox  in the Burlington works that began making glass in the fall of 1874.    

The E. R. Kent &  the Myles brothers Alfred & Charles partnership ended . 
Tarbox , on Febuary 2nd 1877 has a patent issued that never was made , it was a fruit jar called " The Improved Burlington "   It had a glass bubble chamber as a lid that would be filled with fluid and this would fill onto the produce , keeping air from touching the preserve. Yet his patent papers are dated November 30th 1876.    

  In Dec. 1876 the partnership of Tarbox & Kent ended , I believe Tarbox continued in a limited production till Oct. 1877 when he declared bankruptcy. New management starting up in July 1878
So I am certain the 75 is Tarbox buying into the Co. and 76 is the patent .These jars are a little like the patent except the lid is flat and the word IMPROVED is not there.

Special Note There is no companion jar for the 1875 Half Gallon.

Now to the 1885 Quart that is said to exist . It is without doubt a presentation piece, there may have been several made in an altered 76 mould to give to the long term management  when Hamilton Glass Co took over the Burlington Glass Works . It was never meant as a production piece for market. Neither is it an error. 


Now a note on the lid for the Burlington jar .  

The lid with the button or raised dome in the center is not correct for this  jar. These button lids were originally a North American Glsss Co lid , best suited on a Bulge Crown for which they were made. They are found with North American Glass Co. around the edge.  As time and wear took it's toll , the lettering became faint and the lid made it's way to the Hamilton area where some moulds had a heart crown engraved on the inside of the lid with the letters machined off .

The heart is mixed with the Christian Crown cross ,and some are used without any embossing. These lids are in the 1890's era, after Diamond took over Hamilton and thus Burlington as it was bought out by Hamilton in 1885.


In this group the best way to understand these moulds is to start with the half gallons. Each should have a number 1 , 11 , 111 , or 1111  on the base , it can be best seen holding the embossing down while looking at the base .                                  I accept these as 1 first mould made , 11 as second , 111 as 3rd & 1111 as 4th.


HALF GALLONS


MOULD BASE 1 .  The word THE  is straight , in BURLINGTON the leg on the R is a straight line on a slant just like this R ,  there is a slight hook on begining of the top of the letter G , the O is an oval . This jars embossing is very similar to mould base 11. The main difference is in the R D 1876 line at the bottom. On this jar there is no  '  between the R  D  which are far apart ( aprox 1/2 inch ),  and it is 2 & 7/8ths inches across the embossing of this line. 
 

.MOULD BASE 11.

 

  The word THE  is straight , in BURLINGTON the leg on the R is a straight line on a slant just like this R ,  there is no slight hook on beginning of the top of the letter G , the O is an oval . This jars embossing is very similar to mould base 1. The main difference is in the R ' D 1876 line at the bottom.    On this jar there is an  '  between the R ' D which are far apart ( aprox 1/2 inch ) and it is 2 & 3/4 inches across the embossing of this line. 

.MOULD BASE 111 .

 

This is the 1875 date .  

The word THE is arched , BURLINGTON is straight , B.G.Co. arch downwards at ends & Rd 1875 arch upwards at ends. Now the letters are box like . The O is almost a tall rectangle & the leg on the R starts with a swoop and ends with a slight curl .This form of R is used later on the Heart Crowns made by Burlington ( see notes in the Heart Crowns)

On the pic for this one I did a close up to best show the embossing.

.MOULD BASE 1111 .

 

Back to 1876 date .

The word THE is arched , BURLINGTON is straight , B.G.Co. are straight  & Rd 1876 is straight also. Again the letters are box like . The O is almost a tall rectangle & the leg on the R starts with a swoop and ends with a slight curl .   The R ' D are closer than moulds 1 & 11 , and there is a  '  between them  ( it may be faint )

QUARTS... Pics are seen above with their companion half gallons.


SPECIAL NOTE ..There is No companion quart jar for the 1875 half gallon.


Here we run into an odd situation. What I call mould #1 has for a decription of the embossing the same as mould base 1 in the half gallon. What I call mould #3 has the same description as mould base 11 (or my mould 2) in the half gallons.               What I call mould 11 or my mould #2 is like the mould base 1111 in half gallon .   The reason becomes clearer in the write up.    


What I call  MOULD # 1 First jar made . The base has a bloop that some call an H  but I'm not sure what it was , perhaps a  jar from a fresh mould would be clearer.   This is the companion jar to BASE 1 in the Half Gallon. The word THE  is straight , in BURLINGTON the leg on the R is a straight line on a slant just like this R ,  there is a slight hook on beginning of the top of the letter G , the O is an oval . This jars embossing is very similar to my mould # 2 quart .    The main difference is in the R D 1876 line at the bottom. On this jar there is no  ' between the R  D  .


What I call MOULD # 3 . Second jar made . It has B.C.Go.( note mistake C & G )  This base has a bloop that looks like a triangle  .  The embossing is the companion mould to the MOULD 11 half gallon.                                                                     The word THE  is straight , in BURLINGTON the leg on the R is a straight line on a slant just like this R ,  there is a slight hook on beginning of the top of the letter G , the O is an oval . This jars embossing is very similar to my quart  mould #1  .   On this jar there is an  '  between the R ' D .


What I call MOULD #2      This jar has 11 on the base , this is the reason for the odd numbering I use in this set of quarts.   As this is the companion to the mould base 1111 half gallon. I accept it to be the last one made .  The word THE has a slight arch , it is noticed in the upright stroke of the T  , it slants.  BURLINGTON is straight , B.G.Co. are straight  & Rd 1876 is straight also. Again the letters are box like . The O is almost a tall rectangle & the leg on the R starts with a swoop and ends with a slight curl . There is an ' between R ' D .