Here are TWO antique and very scarce souvenirs of early maple syrup production in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state. They are glass jars from the Horse Shoe Forestry Company, an innovative maple products maker in St. Lawrence County, New York : a wide mouth jar for maple candy or sugar and a narrow mouth jar for maple syrup.
These jars were made between 1898 and 1908 -- a short 10 years that the company was in business. They are very thick, heavy glass.
Take a look at the embossing: they are cast with names and symbols. In addition to the Horse Shoe Forestry Company St. Lawrence County, NY, you will find the names of three company sugar bushes where syrup was processed: Wake Robin, Grass River and Maple Valley. On one panel is their Trademark: a horse shoe encircling a fire over which a pot is boiling and two trees.
These jars appear to have been dug. There are cracks and staining, please see our pictures. We DID NOT make any attempt to clean them further. You probably can do so. We do not have tops for them.
SIZE: The jars are cubes, approximately 4 inches tall by 4 inches wide, not including their short necks.
BACKGROUND: The Horse Shoe Forestry Company was the creation of wealthy entrepreneur Abbot Augustus Low from Brooklyn, New York, who purchased 45,000 acres of wild forest land and proceeded to build the largest maple products operation in the Adirondacks near the town of Horse Shoe. A.A. Low was extremely innovative -- determined to make his new company flourish, he built a railroad, a private camp, mills, dams -- and even electrification. An interesting tidbit is that A. A. Low, at the time of his death, owned more patents than any other person except Thomas Edison. In 1908, a forest fire swept through the region and destroyed the operation.