COCA COLA QUESTION / QUANDARY
I know I'm jumping the gun on this one, but I'm so excited it couldn't wait!
I stumbled into an antique shop today, and lo and behold they had a late 1800s or very early 1900s wooden Coca Cola case that was used to transport "Hutchinson" Coca Cola bottles. It had a wood lid with metal hinges and metal closing clasp. I have never seen anything like it. It is as original as it gets, and on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 7.5. Inside the case it has a lower shelf that has 24 small holes used to place the Hutchinson bottle "tops" into. Thus allowing them to be transported upside down as was the norm for Hutch bottles back then. Many of you are familiar with these cases even without seeing photos of them.
And this brings me to part of my quandary. I took photos of the case with my cell phone, but at present I am unable to download the photos until I get the proper cord or whatever else I need to do it. But I am currently working on that.
In the meantime I was hoping some of you may be able to help me establish a value on it. If I get a shot at it I don't want to pay too much. Plus, the dealer just got it in a couple of days ago and has not even priced it yet. They said they wanted to do some research of their own first, just as I am doing here.
I will get the photos posted as soon as possible. Otherwise all I can tell you about it at present is ...
1. It is a solid piece made of wood slats.
2. It has a hinged lid and metal closure.
3. It has original red paint overall with white lettering that reads ...
Return Bottles When Empty To
The Inland Coca Cola Bottling Company - Boise, Idaho
4. On the inside it is stamped by the company who made. Which reads ...
McFerson & Foster Co. - Evansville, Indiana
5. It has cut-out hand holes on both ends.
If this is something you are familiar with please let we know what you think something like it would be worth? Even some speculating would be welcome at this point. I will post photos of it just as soon as I possibly can. The dealer said it would take him at least until Monday before he came up with a firm price on it. And here is the clincher ... "He doesn't even know what it is yet!"
Thanks to all who take an interest in this and especially to those of you who choose to comment.
SODAPOPBOB ... a.k.a. "Wild Goose Chaser" ???
post edited by SODAPOPBOB - 2011/01/20 00:53:53