Hello all you wonderful bottle people. I'm new to the group. Greetings from West Virginia, So I use to be a bottle collector and digger back in my teen age years and early 20's but then collage, a career and life all happened and my bottle digging days went to the way side. Well now I'm retired. Thought I would get back into it.
So I have access to a property that once had an old bottling plant there. Now its a housing area with houses being built in the 30's and 40's. One of the property owner has giving me permission to probe around and do a dig. So as to the age of the glass plant I was given two dates. Supposedly it was in operation until 1870 to 1915 but then I was told it was in operation from 1890 to 1915 and burned down in 1915. Got this info from some old timers that lived in the area. Not sure of the companies name but what I have recovered so far is a stamp on some of the bottles M,G. & G. Co which I believe stands for Massillon Bottle and glass works. I can find no record of that glass company being in West Virginia. I'm not sure if this was an actual glass bottling manufacturing spot or a bottle filling plant or both.
So couple of weeks ago I started doing a survey of the area and I have found an area that contains 100's if not thousand of hutch bottles and old crown tops soda's with all kinds of different embossed labels. I think what I found was an area where they put their rejects. There is tons of broken aqua glass shards. Every bottle I have recovered so far has had the top broken or the bottom blown out. Funny thing I have not recovered any tops yet. So does any one know if they recycled the glass at these plants when they were broken? I can only assume that is what this pile I have uncovered was.
So There are many different labels that are embossed. I'm in the process of recording them. So I can research them later. And got a few pics here. So far I found one that reads ALLEGHANY BOTTLING CO GLEN JEAN W.V. Below that it reads THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD and on the back is the M.G. & G. Co.
Then I found two that read LOOP CREEK BOTTLING & ICECREAM COMPANY MACDONALD WEST VIRGINIA with the # 8 on the back heel.
Then that reads P. SCHLLE COLUMBUS O THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
Then WEST CHARLESTON BOTTLING WORKS CHARLSTON W.V. Back heel has the #27
Okay those are several of the bottles I have found but you get the picture. There are 100's more with all different label s. So I have been unable to find any info on these companies and I guess I'm wondering if there is a potential gold mine here???? Are hutch bottles worth more if there is no other ones with the same labels? So next week I start my dig. The property owner told me where he dug out his garden and filled it with garden soil. It was so full of metal and glass that he dug three feet down. There he found 100 or so soda's intact but he gave them all away years ago. So any guidance or info would be appreciated Thank you all so muchView attachment 239660View attachment 239661
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