c. 1938-1942 Crisa 5-Gallon Glass Water Jug

c. 1938-1942 Crisa 5-Gallon Glass Water Jug


Crisa, a glass manufacturing company, was founded in Monterrey, Mexico in 1936 and first began production in 1938. The company later opened two other centers in 1957 and 1987. Ten years later, Libbey Inc. acquired 46% of Crisa and the remaining 54% by 2006. Now, Libbey is one of the world’s leading glass manufacturers, and is known for featuring a wide variety wares that are both pressed and blown.

This large pressed glass jug is one of Crisa’s earlier models, and has a recognizable checked pattern embossed around the entirety of the glass. Its blue tint is what makes Crisa glass rare and valuable, as the vast majority of tinted aqua glass was made no later than 1935. The glass boasts irregularities, swirling, and bubbles that all add to the unique quality of the vessel. Its base is very clearly marked “CRISA” and below it, embossed, “NET 5 GAL, 18.9 LTS” and “BOTTLE MADE IN MEXICO”.

  • Maker: Crisa Glass Manufacturing (now: Crisa Libbey México)

  • Material: Blown glass, aqua-tint

  • Epoch: 1938-1942

  • Dimensions: 19.5” x 11”

  • Procurement: Royal Oak, Michigan

  • Origin: Monterrey, Mexico

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