This gallery focuses on the glass factories in Milwaukee in the Kinnickinnic Valley. All of these companies operated in the same facilities. The company started in 1880 and operated continuously until 1920. The company went through several reorganizations and owners. The products were mostly bottles but some window glass was also produced. Following is a listing of the companies:
Chase Valley Glass Factory 1 - September 1880 until May, 1881. For an article on the full history of the company by Peter Maas follow this link: Chase Valley Glass Company article. Bottles are embossed on the bottom "C.V. No. 1 MILW"
Chase Valley Glass Factory 2 - September 1880 until May, 1881. Bottles are embossed on the bottom "C.V. No.2 MILW" or "C Co 2 MILW"or "C MILW" with a number in the center.
Wisconsin Glass Comapny - 1881 through 1886. Here in article by Peter Maas on the full history of the company: Wisconsin Glass Company article. Bottles are embossed "WIS. GLASS CO. MILW" or "WIS G. CO. MILW" and often have a mold number in the center.
Cream City Glass Company - 1886 through 1892. Bottles are marked "C C G Co."
Northern Glass Company - 1892 through 1893. Bottles are embossed "N. G. CO. MILW"
William Franzen & Sons Company - 1893 through 1920. Bottles are marked "W. F. & S."
The galleries that follow show representative examples of items from these companies. We are always looking for interesting photographs or information. If you have content you can contribute or have questions please contact me.