Bottles to Bankruptcy: The Failure of Eagle Glass Works, 1845–1849

Author(s): Samuel A Pickard; Thomas Kutys

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Working on the 19th-Century" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

New historical and archaeological evidence uncovered as part of the I-95 project has illuminated the story of the rise and eventual demise of Eagle Glass Works (1845–1849). Despite its brief life-span, this little-known glassworks was connected with major names in the mid-19th century glass and pharmaceutical fields. Founded as a soda and beer bottle factory, Eagle was a latecomer to an industry crowded with competition and was acquired by two entrepreneurial druggists who quickly found themselves in over their heads.  This paper will demonstrate not only Eagle’s ties to Philadelphia’s Kensington-Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods, but also more clearly define its place within the 19th century glassmaking industry.

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Bottles to Bankruptcy: The Failure of Eagle Glass Works, 1845–1849. Samuel A Pickard, Thomas Kutys. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449061)

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Bottles Glass Industry

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 146