View Full Version : Glassboro New Jersey Solomon H. Stanger Glass works Lion cologne bottle.

04-24-2011, 03:10 AM
I have found a little time to look for glass and I found a bottle that has always eluded me. Solomon H Stanger reopened and operated the old original Stanger glass house that his father had founded that he sold to Colonels Thomas Heston and Thomas Carpenter. In turn through attrition they gave it to Edward Carpenter who ran the works from 1808 until 1813 when he passed away and it was willed to a minority partner David Wolf who ran the works very well and had Dr. Thomas Dyott of Philadelphia as the sole agent for the works from 1816 to 1820.In 1821 Isaac Thorne was the sole owner and he ran the works from 1821 to 1824 but not for long as he was bought out by Jeremiah J Foster.
Confusing huh!!

In 1813 when Edward Carpenter died a group of glass blowers led by Lewis Stanger left Edward Carpenters works and founded the Harmony glass works. They hired Daniel Pfocer (pronounced Focer in English) to manage the newly built glass works 400 yards south of the Olive works. The Olive works in the mean time were then purchased by the Harmony works from Foster and closed thus ending the original factory run founded by Solomon Stanger the 1st in 1778.The old works were idle for 18 years but then Solomon H Stanger purchased them from Jeremiah Foster and rebuilt the furnaces and other parts of the factory and reopened the works in the 1842 to 1852 time period. About the only person not to own these works was J.R. Ewing from Dallas. Are you still with me.....great

The new works did well for all of the years it remained in business. Solomon would close the works every May as the glass house ledger stated. It would reopen every Sept 1st as the heat of summer subsided. One of the reasons the Northern Glass works of New York State and New England were so competitive was the fact they could remain open a lot longer as the cooler summers permitted this to be so.
A price list was found listing this bottle as a lion cologne along with other fancy colognes. Solomon H Stanger was a true owner operator as he continued to blow glass and also run the daily needs of the works. They employed 18 other blowers for a ten year period turning out quite a bit of glass for a 2 pot furnace.This bottle has a deep rough pontil a nice early light Jersey green color and has the rarely seen flared lip treatment (most of these have the rolled lip).

Looming on the not to distant horizon was the huge expansion of the Whitney glass works which had purchased the Harmony glass works in 1837.They would swallow up all of the competitors in Glassboro in 15 short years. This bottle although not rare is quite scarce and the clarity of the mold is second to none. Solomon Stanger was a complete glassman as he did it all. He designed the Factory as his blue print drawings for the glass works exist in the Gloucester County Historical society. He knew everything about the glass mixtures ,was a mold maker, master gaffer and probably made the design for this bottle for the side floral motif is seen on at least 7 other colognes listed in his prices current from the same period.

On the health front other then running a 100.5 fever this evening and probably catching the flu my daughter had last week I feel great.
I have now dropped from a weight of 240 to 215 in three weeks, I am now able to run at a good pace 5 miles. I run the same route every night 2 and a half out and 2 and a half back home. It is a safe road to run on and is not that traveled on at 6:00 AM.I admit
the first two weeks were hard but once it becomes routine it is much easier. Take care all Steve


04-24-2011, 03:13 AM
2. The lion relief in close.


04-24-2011, 03:14 AM
3. A side view of the floral stalk.You can see the strike in the mold in this view as the bottle has a very nice 3D dimmensioned depth about the relief on the bottle.This bottle could easily have been read in Braille


04-24-2011, 03:18 AM
4. The backside of the bottle where the paper label was placed.


04-24-2011, 03:19 AM
5.The lip of the bottle.


04-24-2011, 03:20 AM
6.The pontiled bottom.


04-24-2011, 08:26 AM
About the only person not to own these works was J.R. Ewing from Dallas. Are you still with me.....great I love those small colognes. I read the JR had plans to by the works but when he got shot he had to reevaluate his life's plans.

04-24-2011, 08:37 AM
Welcome back Steve.I also love the colognes.I love the the different designs.Did you do a lip repair or was the lip made in that fashion?

04-24-2011, 01:29 PM
The previous owner had used a yellowing over time expoxy which I tried to remove most of the.The area missing the glass is small and I used Hxtal.

05-31-2011, 10:48 PM
GREAT BOTTLE!!! I wouldn't mind having that to keep company with the boring white one I have. Should you ever consider offering it up for sale, I would appreciate a heads up.

Thanx, Gary