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franj
06-13-2009, 11:09 PM
I acquired this beautiful amber historical flask at a swap meet in San Antonio many years ago. It's obviously either a reproduction or something maybe issued for the bicentennial of the town. The first clue is embossed on the back "American, Hand Made". I doubt it could have been something issued for the centennial of the town, Neither Japan, China or Korea were any threat to our economy back in 1887 and there would have been no need to indicate it was hand made in America.

Still it is an absolutely gorgeous bottle. Open pontil, bubbly glass, thick mold lines with stretch marks on the neck and a hand formed top. This is certainly not a Wheaton product. This bottle puts their work to shame.

It's embossed with "Historical Towne of Smithville NJ. 1787. Note the mis-spelling of town. Almost suggests something from the other side of the pond. However the back is embossed with "Clevenger Brothers Glass Wks. TM, Clayton, NJ."

Any idea on the history of this bottle or what it might be worth. This all I could find out about Clevenger Brothers. Apparently they put some real craftsmanship into their work.

CLEVENGER BROS. GLASS WKS.
CLAYTON, NJ 08312 - EST 1929
Authentic early American glass, American hand made, mouth blown, hand-tooled fishied Shouth Jersey glass. Each piece made individually one at a time by glass blowers who have given years of their lieves to retaining this fast disappearing art.
Clevenger bros. glass is made in authentic 18th century style. Using formulas from the old original Moore Bros. Glass Wks. (circa 1880) which at that point of time in history the shade of color varied from batch to batch, so be it today at Clevenger Bros., including the impurities of yesteryear, bubbles, batrch stone and cord. Clevenger Bros is the last "Green System" glass blowing shop of its kind in America, whose style of glass making is almost extinct.
HISTORICAL SITE #87 - Located in Gloucester County

Dave

cyberdigger
06-13-2009, 11:19 PM
I recommend these links, it will fill you in on the Clever Clev's.. the greatest repro men of the 20th century..!

http://clevenger.sjerseyglass.com/

http://www.bottlebooks.com/clevenge.htm

http://www.mohawkvalleybottleclub.com/ArchiveArticles/PDF_Articles/ClevengerBrothersGlass.pdf

..and while you're at it: http://www.oldsouthjerseyglass.com/short%20articles.htm#THE%20SOUTH%20JERSEY%20TRADIT ION

franj
06-13-2009, 11:59 PM
Wow, thanks. A fascinating history and proof positive I have something at least somwhat special.

Dave

cyberdigger
06-14-2009, 12:05 AM
..a Clevenger Bros bottle is kind of in a grey area, between authentic and copied.. they were indeed deliberately reproducing older bottles, but made them in the same way the orig's were made, they had class with glass.. their bottles get more respect than any other repro mfg'r, including Wheaton. ...imho....

franj
06-14-2009, 10:29 PM
So, is it worth anything?

Dave

cyberdigger
06-14-2009, 10:41 PM
no.. not really.. if you post a pic, someone here might throw a number at you which will be very realistic..