A very rare type of fruit jar embossed “Brookfield/55/Fulton St/N. Brookfield maintained business offices in Manhattan throughout most if its history, and those office addresses were embossed on many of the earlier insulators.Y.” is known, but only a very few examples have been found by collectors. 55 FULTON ST (1868-1882); 45 CLIFF ST (1882-1889) and 83 FULTON ST (1889-1893) are embossings found that may help date a particular example.Note: In general, the name Bushwick Glass Works applied to the physical factory, and Brookfield Glass Company was the actual firm (company or business organization) that operated the works, although these two names are often used interchangeably and may be considered almost synonymous. Woodward (The Glass Insulator in America: 1988 Report), Elton Gish, Bob Stahr, Glenn Drummond, Alice Creswick and Helen Mc Kearin.However, Bushwick Glass Works can properly only be applied to the first glass factory operation in Brooklyn, not the later glassworks in Old Bridge. (Pictured at the top of this page: Group of three “pony” style telephone insulators.James Madison Brookfield (1813-1892), who had moved to Brooklyn some time after the Honesdale Glass Works of Tracyville, Pennsylvania (which he had owned) was destroyed by a flash flood in 1861, seems to have been the main person involved with the management of this establishment in the earlier years, probably from it’s very beginning.Businessman Martin Kalbfleisch, owner/proprietor of the Bushwick Chemical Works, (Kalbfliesch also served as mayor of Brooklyn for a time in the 1860s), built the glass factory in 1864 in order to supply carboys and demijohns (large acid bottles) required for his business, and hired Mr. The factory was quite close (apparently, right across the street) to the main Bushwick Chemical Works buildings. Brookfield purchased the Bushwick glassworks from Kalbfleisch in approximately 1869.
Evidently it is a very rarely seen item, and probably dates from the 1860s or 1870s.CD 115 Brookfield insulator " data-medium-file="https:// data-large-file="https:// class="wp-image-1194 size-medium" title="CD 115 telephone insulator, marked BROOKFIELD (this is the same style/shape as the "HEMINGRAY-10" made by Hemingray Glass Company)" src="https:// alt="CD 115 Brookfield Insulator" width="233" height="300" srcset="https:// https:// sizes="(max-width: 233px) 100vw, 233px" / Brookfield made insulators for various utility companies, (telephone companies, railroads, electric power companies) and some of these are found with embossed initials / names on them, such as A. This one is marked with shop number “4” and the 55 FULTON ST. Most examples of this type date from the late 1870s into the 1880s.A second glass plant was built in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and from recently discovered evidence by collector/historian Bob Stahr, that plant seems to have commenced glass production in about 1906.1911-1921)" width="640" height="825" srcset="https:// https:// https:// sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" / Much of the later production at the New Jersey location tends toward the darker shades of aqua, “teal”, and shades of dark green, including emerald and olive greens.