CLEVENGER BROTHERS REPRODUCTIONS

1998 By Digger Odell Publications

Among the better reproduction bottles are those made by the Clevenger Brother Glass Works. Following in their father's footsteps, Tom, Reno, and Allie Clevenger apprenticed at Moore Brothers Clayton Glass Works until it closed in 1912. They tried other work, but eventually decided to open their own glass works in the South Jersey Tradition. In 1930 they constructed a small furnace in the stable of their backyard in Clayton. Their intent was to produce affordable reproductions of early American glass. In the earliest surviving catalog (1934)of their products is found many types of South Jersey reproductions

1934 PRICES From Grant & Lyon Catalog
Bowls $2.50 and 3.00 Listed in the earliest surviving catalog (1934) of their products are found many types of South Jersey reproductions. In the early days, they produced products in a limited number of colors mostly amber, blue and green. By 1939 however, they were also listing amethyst, along with several shades of blue and green. Eventually, they added other colors and other products to their line. By the 1940s reds, oranges, vaseline and rarely clear or milk glass. Most of the wares produced in 1940s and later were mold blown designs.
Water Bottles plain, footed and handled with lip $2.50 and 3.00
Rose Jar $2.00
Finger Bowl $1.50
Goblet $1.50
Hats (3 sizes) $1.50-2.50
Sugar bowl $2.00
Pitcher $2.00-3.00
Vases $2.00-3.00
Witch balls (3 sizes) $1.50
Frogs $1.50
Booz Bottles $5.00

as well as the famous E.G. Booz whiskey bottle, which was blown in an iron mold patterned after an original Booz bottle. (the original Booz mold has been in the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1906). The bottle was later offered in two styles the peaked roof and beveled roof. Much of their early work was free blown except for the few bottles and flasks.

By 1935, their product line was enlarged adding a number mold blown items and historical flasks including: Hay's Eagle and Grape Flask, Fislerville's Jenny Lind calabash,( cobalt blue and dark green) Dyott's Washington and Taylor (jersey green), a scroll flask (amber, amethyst, blue and green), a General MacArthur Flask, a Success to the Railroad (amber, amethyst, blue and green, aqua) an Eagle and Shield, My country flask (amber, amethyst, blue and green)and the Albany Flask (amber, amethyst, blue and green).

 

This Jenny Lind Calabash was
produced in the 1930s. This
bottle might be difficult for
many collectors to distinguish
from an original. This repro
has a crudely finished neck
and a pretty good open pontil.
It is subtly different from the
original.

Other bottles included the large and small violin bottles (amber, amethyst, blue and green) the metal bracket was extra, several sizes of the George Washington bottle (Simon's Centennial Bitters repro) (teal blue and amber), and elephant bottle (amber amethyst blue and green), a Seagrams Flask crown shaped (amber, amethyst, azure blue and green), a grandfather clock bottle, Statue of Liberty Bottle, banjo bottle (amber, amethyst, blue and green) metal bracket extra, diamond bottle (amber, amethyst, blue and green, milk glass), William Allen's Congress Bitters (amethyst).

RAIL ROAD FLASK ........................DIAMOND BOTTLE (possibly Clevenger)

At the same time, they introduced a wider variety of mold blown glassware in a variety of ribs, hobnails, thumbprint, diamond or quilted, and blown three part mold patterns. The factory operated from fall to spring and was usually closed during the summer time. Many of the workers were retired blowers, "old timers" who still wanted to be active in the industry.

In 1958 fire, a continuous hazard for glass factories, destroyed the original stable factory. A new building was erected and they wre back in business in January of 1958. Myrtle Clevenger struggled to keep the operation going after of the death of Allie. The business was sold in 1966 to James Travis of Millville, NJ. The business continued to produce limited edition and personalized bottles for clubs and organizations. Most of the current Clevenger products are well marked with the initials CB or Clevenger Brothers, Clayton, NJ embossed in the glass.

Some research material provided by Tom Haunton.