Manufacturer – Cohansey Glass Works ; Description – Hand Blown Chimneys with Rolled Base and Rough Cut Top Rim, In Typical Hurricane Form of Cylinder Bulging Toward the Base. ; Sizes – 6.5 Inches Tall, 7 Inches Tall, 8.75 Inches Tall and 10 Inches Tall ; Condition – Good
I am attributing the Four (4) Hurricane Lamp Chimneys to the Cohansey Glass Works, actually owned by F. & J. N. Bodine at that time period, however it was still referred to as the Cohansey Glass Works. On the Ship the Baltic there were numerous items that could definetly linked to two major glass manufacturers Cohansey Glass Works and Cape Cod Glass. Since the Cohansey Glass Works were manufacturers of utilitarian glassware it would only make sense that these chimney were hand blown at their factory. I am providing the following history ~~~ The oldest glass manufactory in Bridgeton, New Jersey is that known as the “Cohansey Glass Works.” It was founded in 1836 by Stratton, Buck & Co. The first factory was a small building, with very primitive facilities. The furnace was of crude manufacture and the pots weak in structure. The fires were fed by pine wood, of which commodity immense quantities were burned. Small bottles were the first articles manufactured. The business was not much of a success, and after it had continued a few years the works passed into the hands of a Mr. Rosenbaum. He held possession but a short time, when Joel Bodine assumed charge. Maul, Hebrew & Co. afterward controlled the property and managed it until 1857, when a new firm, Gen. David Potter, of Bridgeton, and F. L. Bodine, of Philadelphia, under the title of Potter & Bodine, came to the front. This partnership continued until 1863, when the firm again changed and took the name of F. & J. N. Bodine & Co. The Co. was dropped soon after, and the business proceeded under the proprietorship of F. & J. N. Bodine solely. In 1879 it was incorporated and took the style and title of “Cohansey Glass Manufacturing Company.” The present officers of the company are : President, F. L. Bodine ; Vice- President, J. NT Bodine ; Secretary, W. G. Millikin ; Assistant Secretary, W. M. Bodine. City office. No. 32 N. Fourth street, Philadelphia. The plant of the company, located at the foot of Pearl Street, is one of the most valuable in the State. It is situated directly on the Cohansey River and has navigation at its very doors. The West Jersey Railroad extension runs along Glass Street directly through the factory yard, thus bringing the works into connection with the outside world by rail. Shipments are thereby made to almost every point of the compass with but little delay. The works cover an area of about six acres, and consist of three window-glass and two hollowware factories. They are thoroughly equipped with all the modern facilities for the successful production of glass. The company is now running four houses, two engaged in the manufacture of bottles and two turning out window-glass. When all the factories are in operation the company employs about five hundred men and boys. They are now employing some four hundred, and paying about $10,000 per month for wages. The value of glassware manufactured at the Cohansey works exceeds $300,000 annually. An estimate of the amount of raw material used in the factories per annum shows the following: 4,000 tons of white sand; 800 tons of lime; 800 tons of soda; 1,500,000 feet of lumber and box boards; 8,000 tons of coal; 1,200 tons of coke; 400 tons of German and American clay, and about 2,000 cords of wood; together with 200 tons of hay and straw, with large quantities of nails and other necessities incident to the business. The company manufactures all kinds of hollowware such as bottles for druggists’ use; phials, beer and wine bottles; fruit jars; bottles and jars for acid, and carboys or demijohns in large numbers. Window-glass, double and single strength, and every grade of glass in that line is turned out. The specialty of the company is the “Cohansey Fruit Jar,” on which the owners have a special patent. This jar is one of the finest in the market. From special moulds the company also manufactures a variety of glassware for private parties, among them a handsome syrup bottle for an Eastern firm. The works are run by steam with a fifty horsepower engine. This engine runs the machine shop, the batch-mixer, and almost everything connected with the factories. // There are twelve important factors that determine the value of any piece of Early American Glass. Any one of these factors is frequently not sufficient in and of itself to make a piece of glass valuable. It is the combination of these factors that determine value. 1. Supply and Demand 2. Age 3. Rarity 4. Condition 5. Color 6. Esthetic appeal 7. Embossing and Design 8. Category 9. Size 10. Individuality 11. Historic Significance 12. Locale (with the advent of Online auctions this factor is no longer valid). These Hurricane Lamp Chimneys have genuine historic significance. It also can be specifically narrowed down to the date of manufacture and the crudeness of manufacture is very desirable. // These Hurricane Lamp Chimneys were recovered from the shipwreck the Baltic.
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