View Full Version : Who Made Bixbys?

Bixby Bill
12-22-2012, 08:04 PM
I`ve got a question for those of you who are more knowledgeable than me about glassworks outside of New England, where were the Bixby shoe polish bottles made? I really doubt that they were in New England because of the large variety of colors that they come in, with a couple molds bein found in several colors and shades. I`m thinking possibly New Jersey, but I really don`t know much about glasshouses from that area. Has anybody found fragments at any glasshouse sites you might have poked around, or found any correspondence between Bixby and any glassworks? I know a lot about Bixbys, but this is one area that I`d like to know more about.


12-22-2012, 08:08 PM
That would be one awesome calendar pic.. !!

12-22-2012, 08:12 PM
ORIGINAL: cyberdigger

That would be one awesome calendar pic.. !!


12-22-2012, 08:18 PM
Great pic...Bill, what's the scoop on the center two tone bottle second shelf down? Great collection...!

Conch times
12-22-2012, 08:30 PM
What a beautiful setup!!

Bixby Bill
12-22-2012, 08:37 PM
Hi Joe, that is a nice light orange-amber color that has some thicker spots of glass that appear darker. It`s the round style with Bixby on the base and the patent date on the side, they are common in amber, but this is the only really light amber one I`ve found. I`m hoping to have a display of my Bixbys at the national show next year, I`ve gotten the OK for it and just need to put it together. Hopefully I`ll meet some of you guys there!

12-22-2012, 10:11 PM
That would make an awesome calendar shot! Nice colors you have Bill. Randy

12-23-2012, 01:28 AM
Bill, Bill, Bill. Thank you for that picture. I have always liked those bottles but had no idea how many colors and styles they came in. I sincerely appreciate your picture and would enjoy hearing / reading what you know about BIXBY. How about an article here and one of the bottle magazines. I think it would be highly worthy.

I'm waiting,,,,,I'm impatient ! ! [8D]

12-23-2012, 01:38 AM
Far as where they were made.. I'd imagine Bixby had contracts with several different glasshouses.. especially over the years..

12-23-2012, 02:31 AM
ORIGINAL: cyberdigger

Far as where they were made.. I'd imagine Bixby had contracts with several different glasshouses.. especially over the years..

I agree !

12-23-2012, 03:23 AM
Greetings Bill,

Thanks for the wonderful photo of your collection.

"BiXby……………..S.M.Bixby & Company, New York, New York. A prolific producer of ink, shoe polish and glue (“mucilage”)products. Their bottles are found in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. No doubt a number of glass bottle manufacturers produced them." David Whitten. (http://www.glassbottlemarks.com/bottlemarks/)

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Bixby Bill
12-23-2012, 09:59 AM
Thanks for the input everyone, you`re probably right about Bixby contracting with more than one glasshouse. It can`t hurt to ask in case someone does have some info, you never know. I`m planning on writing a small book on Bixby and their products this winter, or at least get started on it. I`m stil finding advertising of theirs that I`ve never seen before, like the Bixby woman of Dave`s, I have two similiar ones but his is a different woman altogether. Maybe I`ll put tidbits on here on the bottles they used. There is a lot of interest in Bixby stuff out there so it might be helpful. This evening I`ll see if I can start it.


12-23-2012, 03:59 PM
Hey Bill,

Are you not a fan of the bluings?


Bixby Bill
12-23-2012, 04:47 PM
I like the blueings too, so far I`ve found 5 different sizes of the embossed ones and two different unembossed ones with remains of labels. The large one is the hardest one to find, so far it`s the only big one I`ve seen.