The Moore Brothers at Fislerville Clayton New Jersey

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In 1850 the boro of Clayton New Jersey was named Fisler Town. This name was changed to Fislerville. A glass factory was erected by Dr. Jacob Fisler and Benjamin Beckett at the corner of Linden and New Streets on the East side of the Glassboro and Malaga turnpike on a 75 acre heavily wooded plot. In 1851 Mr.Edward Bacon took over for Mr. Beckett.The glass works name was The Fislerville glass works.This would be the name until the year 1859. The business did well for the first 4 years and a second furnace was added.The town began to grow as workers began to move into tenant homes that were built by Mr Moore.

In 1855 Mr. Bacon died in a very trajgic train accident in Burlington City New Jersey.Jacob Fisler and Mr Becketts widow sold the business to John M. Moore who leased the glass works buildings from Dr. Fisler the first three years and bought the business out right in 1858. The factory was originaly small and it consisted of a 2 pot furnace, a store, a large barn, and small 4 room houses for the glass workers.In 1859 George C Hewitt and Jeremiah D. Hogate became part owners and the company name was changed to John Moore and Company. Late in the year 1863 Mr Hewitt sold his share of the business to John Moores brother P.Wilson Moore who joined as a partner in the business. The name was changed to Moore Brothers and company. Late in the year of 1863 Jeremiah Holgate sold his remaining interest to the two Moore brothers The glass factory name was changed again to the Moore brothers glass works.

The factory became very successful and Mr Moore began to purchase quite a bit of real estate in the town.Mr. Mr. Moore also bought the Fisler & Harding Pond, renamed Moore’s Lake (now Silver Lake) located on the west side of the town. Like other early glass works the company store redeemed script money known as "shinnies" or "shinplasters" good at the company store for food, clothing, furniture, etc.
The Moore Brothers were the sole owners of the works from 1865 to 1880. In the year 1881 Francis M Pierce,Harry Steelman,and Charles Fisler the grandson of Jacob Fisler bought into the glass works and the name changed again to Moore Brothers and company. The company in the year 1912 had over 600 employees making them the largest glass works in the country at the time. They would continue to run another two years but the Automatic bottle machine developed by Michael Owens at the Whitney Plant in Glassboro and the first world war brought an end to a business that spanned more then 63 years.


The following ad ran in the Philadelphia Reifs Mercantile exchange Newspaper in September of 1865.

The Fislerville Glass works are now in blast.
Fislerville Glass works at Fislerville Gloucester County N.J.
Office -33 South Front Street Philadelphia

Moore Brothers

Manufacturers of Druggist,Perfumers glassware,wine,Porter,,mineral water
pickle, preserve,jellies,Syrup,Sauce,Capers and olives,whiskey,bitters bottles
of every description and their famous Air Tight Fruit Jars along with
Crockery Dealers Glassware.Window glass of every size can be had,
Particular attention paid to private molds

John N Moore
Peter Wilson Moore

These works were just like Thomas Whitney's in Glassboro and Dyott in Philadelphia.They had their own Mold Shop,saw mill,Company store,paint shop,flattening house and large storage shed. In the year 1857 Karl Peterson left Phillip Dolfein and Samuel Huffsey in Philadelphia at 9th Street and Joined the Moore Brothers making Molds for them.The following bitters bottles were made and blown here. Drakes,Indian Queen,Perrine's Apple Ginger Bitters,and Goffs. The Mckearins only attributed 1 historical flask to this factory and that was the quart sized GI-107 Jenny Lind/Glass Factory embossed Fislerville calabash flask. With a talent like Karl Petersen on hand you can bet a few more historical flasks and fancy perfume bottles were made here since he was trained by the best glass mold makers in the country at the time Phillip Dolfein and Samuel Huffsey in Philadelphia.

I have studied the style of the Jenny Lind Flask and compared it to the following other flasks in my collection which were quite likely to have been made at these works also.The Hunter Fisherman Calabash Flasks G XIII- Pictorial Flasks group 1850 to 1880.The following flasks the GXIII-4 the GXIII-5 and the GXIII-6 all have the same scalloped base of the neck and they are identical in make up to the Jenny Lind/Glass Factory embossed Fislerville calabash in every other aspect.The only other company local who was also producing scalloped neck calabash flasks were the firm of Sheets and Duffy at the old Dyottville glass works in Kensington Philadelphia. Mckearin attributed the GXIII-4 to the Whitney Glass works which is possible because of the close proximity to the Moore Brothers works.

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Workers posing in 1909.

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Company store script money.

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Here is the famous Jenny Lind quart sized calabash Mckearin Numbered GI-107 historical flask.

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3. The 4 barrels under the glass factory. This is one way to determine the originality of Moore Brothers flask from the long necked Clevenger copy cat flask made in the 1930s through the 1960s. The Clevenger flask only had 3 barrels under the factory.

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Here is the front of the Moore jar I found.
Pretty much your run of the mill mason pint.
I suppose they are rather plentiful.


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