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                     SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                           Washington, D.C. 20549

                                Schedule 13G

                  Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
                            (Amendment No.     )*


                            West Company Incorporated
                              (Name of Issuer)

                 Common Stock, par value $0.25 per share
                       (Title of Class of Securities)

                                 953348109
                               (CUSIP Number)




Check the following box if a fee is being paid with this  statement [ ].
(A fee is not required  only if the filing  person:  (1) has a previous
statement on file reporting  beneficial  ownership  of more  than  five
percent  of the  class of securities  described  in Item 1;  and (2) has
filed  no  amendment  subsequent thereto reporting  beneficial ownership
of five percent or less of such class.) (See Rule 13d-7.)

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting
person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class
of securities, and for any  subsequent  amendment  containing
information  which  would  alter the disclosures provided in a prior
cover page.

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not
be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the  Securities
Exchange  Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise  subject to the liabilities
of that section of the Act but  shall be  subject  to all other
provisions  of the Act  (however,  see the Notes).



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CUSIP NO.  953348109

(1)       Names of Reporting Persons S.S. or I.R.S. Identification Nos.
          of Above Persons:

          First Union Corporation of New Jersey              56-1948896


(2)       Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)

          (a)  [ ]
          (b)  [ ]


(3)       SEC Use Only


(4)       Citizenship or Place of Organization

          New Jersey

Number of Shares          (5) Sole Voting Power           403,975
                              -----------------          --------
Beneficially              (6) Shared Voting Power               0
                              -------------------      ----------
Owned by Each             (7) Sole Dispositive Power            0
                              ----------------------  -----------
Reporting Person With:    (8) Shared Dispositive Power    754,264
                              ------------------------  ---------


(9)       Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

          850,239

(10)      Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row 9 Excludes Certain Shares
          (See Instructions)

          [ ]
          Not applicable

(11)      Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row 9

          5.12 %

(12)      Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)

          First Union Corporation of New Jersey (HC)










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CUSIP NO.  953348109

(1)       Names of Reporting Persons S.S. or I.R.S. Identification Nos.
          of Above Persons:

          First Fidelity Incorporated                        22-1894945


(2)       Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)

          (a)   [ ]
          (b)   [ ]


(3)       SEC Use Only


(4)       Citizenship or Place of Organization

          New Jersey

Number of Shares         (5) Sole Voting Power           403,975
                             -----------------          --------
Beneficially             (6) Shared Voting Power               0
                             -------------------      ----------
Owned by Each            (7) Sole Dispositive Power            0
                             ----------------------  -----------
Reporting Person With:   (8) Shared Dispositive Power    754,264
                             ------------------------  ---------


(9)       Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person

          850,239

(10)      Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row 9 Excludes Certain Shares
          (See Instructions)

          [ ]
          Not applicable

(11)      Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row 9

          5.12 %

(12)      Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)

          First Fidelity Incorporated (HC)








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Item 1(a)     Name of Issuer

              West Company Incorporated

Item 1(b)     Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Office

              101 Gordon Drive
              Post Office Box 645
              Lionville, Pennsylvania 19341-0645

Item 2(a)     Name of Person Filing

              First Union Corporation of New Jersey

Item 2(b)     Address of Principal Office

              550 Broad Street
              Newark, New Jersey  07102

Item 2(c)     Citizenship

              New Jersey

Item 2(d)     Title of Class of Securities

              Common Stock, par value $0.25 per share

Item 2(e)     CUSIP Number

              953348109

Item 3        If this statement is filed pursuant to Rules 13d-1(b), or 
              13d-2(b), check whether the person filing is a

              (g) [X] Parent Holding Company, in accordance with section
                      240.13d-1(b) (ii) (G)

Item 4        Ownership

              (a)  Amount Beneficially Owned:                        850,239
              (b)  Percent of Class:                                    5.12%
                   Number of shares as to which such person has:
                   (I)    Sole power to vote or to direct the vote   403,975
                                                                    --------
                   (ii)   Shared power to vote or to direct the vote       0
                                                                    ---------
                   (iii)  Sole power to dispose or to direct the
                          disposition of                                   0
                                                                  -----------
                   (iv)   Shared power to dispose or to direct the
                          disposition of                             754,264
                                                                     --------

Item 5       Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class

             Not applicable

Item 6       Ownership of More Than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person

             Not applicable



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Item 7    Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which
          Acquired the Security Being Reported on by the Parent Holding
          Company

          First  Union  Corporation  of New Jersey  ("FUNC-NJ")  is
          filing  this schedule  pursuant to Rule  13d-1(b)(ii)(G)  as
          indicated  under Item 3(g).  FUNC-NJ  is the  successor  to
          First  Fidelity  Bancorporation ("FFB") and is a  wholly-owned
          subsidiary of First Union  Corporation ("FUNC").  On January
          1, 1996,  FUNC acquired FFB pursuant to a merger of FFB into
          FUNC-NJ.  FUNC-NJ is filing this schedule for this period
          ended  December  31,  1995 on  behalf  of First  Fidelity
          Bank,  N.A. ("FFB-N.A."),   which  is  a  direct   subsidiary
          of  First  Fidelity Incorporated and an indirect subsidiary of
          FUNC-NJ. FFB-N.A. holds the securities  being  reported in a
          fiduciary  capacity for its customers and/or as investment
          adviser for certain mutual funds.


Item 8    Identification and Classification of Members of the Group

          Not applicable

Item 9    Notice of Dissolution of Group

          Not applicable

Item 10   Certification

          By signing  below,  I certify  that,  to the best of my
          knowledge  and belief, the securities referred to above were
          acquired in the ordinary course of business and were not
          acquired for the purpose of and do not have the effect of
          changing or  influencing  the control of the issuer of such
          securities  and were not acquired in connection  with or as a
          participant in any transaction having such purposes or effect.


Signature

After  reasonable  inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I
certify that the information set forth in this statement is true,
complete and correct.

Date: February 9, 1996

FIRST UNION CORPORATION OF NEW JERSEY successor corporation to FIRST
FIDELITY Bancorporation



Signature
Kent S. Hathaway  Senior Vice President


FIRST FIDELITY INCORPORATED



Signature
Kent S. Hathaway  Senior Vice President