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Conch times
08-18-2012, 12:05 PM
This is my only mik bottle, I'm not really into milks but there was a yard sale down the street this morning and this was only .50 cents so I grabbed it.


08-18-2012, 12:07 PM
Can't beat that for half a buck . I have never found one bottle in my area at a yard sale . Matter of fact bottles have always seemed to be scarce in this area period , and there is a lot of history to the area I live in . The town I grew up in was founded in 1833 .

RED Matthews
08-18-2012, 02:31 PM
Well - great bottle. It reminded me of my first milk bottle that a neighboring Dairy farmer gave me when I visited with him over his barn yard fence and then we went into his barn. Age 8.
My second milk bottle I got from Thatcher Glass when my grandfather took me there to see how milk bottles were made. Age 9 or 10.
I ended up going to work at Thatcher Glass. Age 37.
And I still have those two milk bottles. RED M.

Conch times
08-18-2012, 09:31 PM
Cool, sounds like I did ok on my first buy! Glad I could help you take a trip down memory lane Mr. Matthews.

08-18-2012, 10:40 PM
very cool ! ive dug lots of those here in knoxville, but none with a lip like that, thats different! i believe your bottle is from knoxville tn


08-18-2012, 10:45 PM
They sell for $5-15 on ebay when they do they sell, so you did good, especially if it's something you like...

08-18-2012, 10:45 PM
also noticed that your bottle reads drink' mine do not the bottles pictured the quart and the half pint 1939, and the pint 41

08-18-2012, 10:46 PM


Conch times
08-19-2012, 10:18 AM
Hi Mike, Yours are some beauties! I wonder how a milk bottle from Tn. got to key west. Do yours have anything on the back? This one says sealtest system on the back.

08-19-2012, 10:36 AM
Hi Jay and Mike, how goes it.
Mikes look like Priof type lids, Jay's looks much earlier, maybe tintop. That may be unusual for the brand. Are there any numbers or symbols, no matter how small. It may help with a dating.

08-19-2012, 11:41 AM
ORIGINAL: Conch times

Hi Mike, Yours are some beauties! I wonder how a milk bottle from Tn. got to key west. Do yours have anything on the back? This one says sealtest system on the back.
yes they have the sealtest system embossed on the back

Conch times
08-19-2012, 12:23 PM
Hi Eric, so right under sealtest system it has sealed BB 48. It also says half pint liquid on the other side. On the bottom it has SD in the center and above that it has the number. 17. Then a small symbol and then the number 2. Hope this helps.

08-19-2012, 04:51 PM
I can only find little bits an pieces of info.
BB48 was used by Berney-Bond ca 1904-30 roughly. I don't know the significance of the 48, perhaps a dairy designation, but it seams consistent on them. The 17 could be the approximate year but that all but rules out a tintop.
I think Sealtest started early 1910's so if that's right it fits.
I don't know anything about Southern Dairies but if yours is 1917 then they used that logo for a long time. It must have worked well for them.

Conch times
08-19-2012, 05:10 PM
Here is a pic of the top if that helps.


08-19-2012, 09:41 PM
the thing that interests me about the bottle is the thin lip, and the addition of drink not found on my bottles, i think your bottle is from the early fourties, here are two exact bottles but with different lips, the one on the left the standard lip, and the right the thin lip, both from the early 40s, your bottle may have been bottled right there in key west, not sure it was just a knoxville thing


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08-19-2012, 09:51 PM
the 17 represents clarion pennslyvania as the bottle maker and the 2 1942