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Oakland Glass Works stock (90440)

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Bottles & Insulators Start Price:75.00 USD Estimated At:150.00 - 200.00 USD
Oakland Glass Works stock  (90440)
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It is rare to find 'OGW' on the bottom of a bottle and highly collectable. And is it investors like Mrs Oliza Morgan that allowed it to happen. Very early certificate # 10 for 25 shares at $100 each. Signed by secretary Perry and president VD Moody. Dateline Oakland 1884. Incorporated December 13, 1883. Not cancelled. Marvelous vignette of three artisans blowing glass. Stock is in great condition with only some light aging lower right. This glass works was an extremely short lived business which was located on the corner of Linden and First Streets in Oakland. I believe that the Oakland Glass Works were only in the biz for about 6 months, beginning in September 1884 [thanks to this stock we know it was December of 1883], and the proverbial fire in June 1885 marked the beginning of the end for this company. The bottles themselves are very attractive and exhibit characteristics which appear to be early 1870s in many cases. Apparently they were just not in to the latest glass blowing technology, or were not the most skilled. The glass character and crudity make it difficult to believe that these bottles were mid 80s, although of course they are. This company's bottles left behind for collectors are in the form of demijohns, flasks, squares, medicines, and of course a few ammonia's. [Western Battle News, March 2, 2013 online] Prag Collection

Date: 1884
City/County: Oakland
State: California