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07-15-2012, 02:11 PM
I bought a quart milk bottle a few weeks ago embossed with Wiswesser. I bought it in York, PA. I'm thinking the dairy might have been located in Reading, PA but I'm not sure. Bottle looks very old with a lot of seed bubbles in the glass. It might be from around 1910-1920. It has a LG CO glass marking on the bottom if that helps to date it better. Anyone know for sure where this bottle is from or if it's a rare one? Thanks, Luke.


07-15-2012, 07:02 PM
Hello lukesbottles,

Welcome to the A-BN, and thanks for showing us the Wiswesser. Reading, it is. (http://books.google.com/books?id=p-ElAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA140&lpg=PA140&dq=P.K.+wiswesser+dairy,+reading&source=bl&ots=lQf3CbgFe-&sig=1eNlWJQk0QWMlHEsszXIj4PC_0w&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DjoDUI7OBIjarAGYvLGxDA&ved=0CEgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=P.K.%20wiswesser%20dairy%2C%20reading&f=false)

The LG Co mark raises some questions:

"Also, concerning later period machine-made milk bottles in clear glass: Lamb Glass Company, Mt. Vernon, Ohio (c.1920-1964?) can now be confirmed as the source of milk bottles marked "L G CO / 52" (See entry on L-52 mark). These appear to be from the 1920s-1940s period. Jeffrey Giarde, in his book on milk bottles, stated that this mark was likely that of Liberty Glass Company, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, but I believe this to be incorrect. Another factory that has been confirmed to be the source of some, if not many, milk bottles marked "L.G.CO." was Lockport Glass Company, Lockport, NY (1900-1919). An extant catalog proves this to be true. The initials are often accompanied by a single digit number, such as a "1". Anyone who can shed more light on the question of the L.G.CO. marks on milk bottles is invited to contact me with any info you have! I would also appreciate hearing from anyone with more info on Lindell or Lyndeboro' and any bottles you have that are attributed to them. Note: I'm aware of absolutely no evidence that the Louisville Glass Works ever used this mark, as Julian Toulouse proclaimed in Bottle Makers and Their Marks (1971). " From David Whitten. (http://www.myinsulators.com/glass-factories/bottlemarks2.html)

How about a photo of the base, please?

http://dairyantiques.com/images/8e5043fbd5b4d509062887d4e860dd26.jpg From. (http://dairyantiques.com/Unusual_Shaped_Milk_Bottles.html)

07-15-2012, 08:58 PM
Cool, thanks for the link! Here's another pic. There's no number after the L.G. CO and there is an L on the bottom. The back has One Quart Liquid embossed on it. No other markings. Does anyone know if it's a rare one?


07-15-2012, 08:59 PM
Here's the L on the bottom.


02-05-2016, 02:08 AM
The way I was told this milk bottle was for the Wiswesser dairy that my great grandfather owned. My grandfather had told me that they owned this company but my great grandfather lost it in a card game. The company was in Reading PA i think it was located on what they called 9th street hill which the family owned but sold off. I believe this company was open around 1937. hope this helped you some

02-05-2016, 05:18 AM
Hi Linda welcome, cool family history. I don't know if the OP is still reading this or not but new info has come up that goes back as far as 1917 that I see.
This from Wednesday, January 19, 1921 Reading Times (https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/47370393/) It has OCR text near the bottom. Was his name Francis?