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                                 UNITED STATES
                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                                  SCHEDULE 13G


                   Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                              (Amendment No. 14)*

                             The West Company, Inc.
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                                (Name of Issuer)

                     Common Stock, par value $.25 per share
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                         (Title of Class of Securities)

                                   953348109      
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                                 (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                  13G                       Page 2 of 8 Pages




   1     NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
         S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON
         First Fidelity Bancorporation  22-2826775
       
   2     CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                        (A)  [  ]
                                                        (B)  [  ]

   3     SEC USE ONLY
       
       
   4     CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
         New Jersey
       
                            5      SOLE VOTING POWER
                                   1,059,528
     NUMBER OF        
      SHARES                6      SHARED VOTING POWER
   BENEFICIALLY                    0
   OWNED BY EACH      
     REPORTING              7      SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
       PERSON                      0
        WITH          
                            8      SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                   1,045,528
                      
   9     AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING
         PERSON
         1,059,528

  10     CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES
         CERTAIN SHARES*
         N/A
       
  11     PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9
         6.67%
       
  12     TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*
         HC

                      *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT!

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CUSIP No. 953348109                  13G                       Page 3 of 8 Pages



   1     NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
         S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON
         First Fidelity Incorporated  22-1894945
       
   2     CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                        (A)  [  ]
                                                        (B)  [  ]

   3     SEC USE ONLY
              
   4     CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
         New Jersey
       
                             5     SOLE VOTING POWER
                                   1,059,528
     NUMBER OF 
      SHARES                 6     SHARED VOTING POWER
   BENEFICIALLY                    0
   OWNED BY EACH
     REPORTING               7     SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
      PERSON                       0
       WITH                    
                             8     SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                   1,045,528

   9     AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING
         PERSON
         1,059,528

  10     CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES
         CERTAIN SHARES*
         N/A
     
  11     PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9
         6.67%
     
  12     TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*
         HC

                      *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT!

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CUSIP No. 953348109                  13G                       Page 4 of 8 Pages




   1     NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
         S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON
         First Fidelity Bank, N.A.  22-1147033
        
   2     CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                        (A)  [  ]
                                                        (B)  [  ]

   3     SEC USE ONLY
        
        
   4     CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
         United States
        
                             5     SOLE VOTING POWER
                                   1,059,528
     NUMBER OF 
      SHARES                 6     SHARED VOTING POWER
   BENEFICIALLY                    0
   OWNED BY EACH
    REPORTING                7     SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
      PERSON                       0
       WITH                    
                             8     SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                   1,045,528

   9     AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING
         PERSON
         1,059,528 

  10     CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES
         CERTAIN SHARES*
         N/A
      
  11     PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9
         6.67%
      
  12     TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*
         BK

                      *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT!

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                                  SCHEDULE 13G

Item 1   (a)  Name of Issuer:  The West Company, Inc.
             
             
Item 1   (b)  Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Offices:
             
              W. Bridge Street
              Phoenixville, PA 19460
             
             
Item 2   (a)  Name of Person Filing:
             
              First Fidelity Bancorporation
             
             
Item 2   (b)  Address of Principal Business Officer or, if none,
              Residence:
             
              2673 Main Street
              Post Office Box 6980
              Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-0980
             
             
Item 2   (c)  Citizenship:
             
              New Jersey
             
             
Item 2   (d)  Title of Class of Securities:
             
              Common Stock, par value $.25
             
             
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:
             
         (a)  ( )   Broker or Dealer (registered under Section 15 of the Act.)
                  
         (b)  ( )   Bank (as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Act.)
                  
         (c)  ( )   Insurance Company (as defined in Section 3(a)(19) of the 
                    Act.)


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         (d)  ( )   Investment Company (registered under Section 8 of the 
                    Investment Company Act.)

         (e)  ( )   Investment Adviser (registered under Section 203 of the 
                    Investment Advisers Act of 1940.)

         (f)  ( )   Employee Benefit Plan, Pension Fund which is subject to 
                    the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security 
                    Act of 1974 or Endowment Fund; (see Section 240.13d-1(b)(1)
                    (ii)(F).)

         (g)  (X)   Parent Holding Company, (in accordance with Section 
                    240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G).)  (Note: see Item 7).

         (h)  ( )   Group (in accordance with Section 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii) (H).)


Item 4   Ownership

         (a)  Amount Beneficially Owned:  1,059,528

         (b)  Percent of Class:  6.67%

         (c)  Number of shares as to which such person has:

              (i)       sole power to vote or to direct the vote: 1,059,528

              (ii)      shared power to vote or to direct the vote:  0 shares

              (iii)     sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:
                        0 shares

              (iv)      shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition 
                        of:  1,045,528 shares


Item 5   Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class.

         If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the 
         date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial 
         owner of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the
         following N/A.





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Item 6   Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person.

         N/A


Item 7   Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired 
         the Securing Being Reported on By the Parent Holding Company.

         The securities being reported are held by First Fidelity Bank, N.A., 
         a subsidiary of First Fidelity Incorporated (HC) and First Fidelity 
         Bancorporation (HC), which is a bank (BK), in its trust area.


Item 8   Identification and Classification of Members of the Group.

         N/A


Item 9   Notice of Dissolution of Group.

         N/A


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.





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         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 11, 1994

                                             FIRST FIDELITY BANCORPORATION



                                             Stephen J. Antal
                                             -----------------------------------
                                             Stephen J. Antal, Assistant
                                               Secretary


                                             FIRST FIDELITY BANK,
                                             NATIONAL ASSOCIATION



                                             Stephen J. Antal
                                             -----------------------------------
                                             Stephen J. Antal, Assistant
                                               Secretary


                                             FIRST FIDELITY INCORPORATED



                                             Stephen J. Antal
                                             -----------------------------------
                                             Stephen J. Antal, Assistant
                                               Secretary





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