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Conch times
09-01-2012, 11:19 AM
Can anybody tell me if this was a milk bottle, it has no markings at all.


09-01-2012, 11:58 AM
Looks somewhat similar in form to a "Berry Jar", but I've never seen a clear one...

09-02-2012, 04:32 AM

Hey Jay,

What volume does it hold?

I love that funky high neck seam, and what looks to me like a double valve tap. I think it might be an early semi-ABM...

http://www.cmog.org/sites/default/files/styles/12_column/public/images/web-bottle-machines.jpg Corning Museum. (http://www.cmog.org/article/one-step-closer-iron-glassblower)

Conch times
09-02-2012, 12:31 PM
Hi Mr. Surf, I would say its volume is 6.5 oz.

RED Matthews
09-02-2012, 12:51 PM
HI, Well the bottom has a valve mark, so with the mold ( or neckring seam ) near the finish; I have to thing it was made on an HMB machine. It certainly looks like an early milk because of the squared finish. It was used before the rounded role type. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. RED Matthews

Conch times
09-02-2012, 02:35 PM
Not at all Mr. Matthews, I welcome any of your expertise sir. I would like to here what you think about all of my maybe dairy finds if you have time.


09-02-2012, 02:49 PM
I always thought bottles with that shape were a "special" type of milk bottle, but couldn't find much proof. But here's a Borden's Condensed Milk bottle with a very similar shape, but a typical capseat milk top...

From here (http://home.comcast.net/~roroturn21/atqba/08Milks.htm)

So I'm gonna say the first bottle is DEFINITELY POSSIBLY a dairy bottle of sorts. And I agree it was made on an early "semi-automatic" machine, what with that valve mark on the base (which by the way, is a product of the machine which was used first to manufacture wide mouthed bottles, especially milks!). The only thing that throws me is the finish, which looks like half food (since it's squared off) and half milk (since it has a seat inside for a cap). Very interesting bottle and discussion!

I would say that every other bottle posted in this thread are foods though. I see a pickle, some olives, and others. Most seem to be made the same way, like many TOC post BIM/pre ABM foods.

Conch times
09-02-2012, 02:58 PM
Thank you Connor.

09-03-2012, 12:00 AM
Glad I could help! Hope somebody else will chime in too...

09-05-2012, 05:18 PM
Nothing in the lineup appears to be a milk bottle.

Back in the day, before the age of refrigeration, I'd imagine that the Keys didn't enjoy much access to fresh milk. The limited land area probably wouldn't support much of a dairy herd, and in an area like that pastureland might have been considered a waste of space to begin with.

09-05-2012, 06:41 PM
Looks somewhat similar in form to a "Berry Jar", but I've never seen a clear one...
I'd be more in line with Jim's thought, more a food type than dairy. I can't say it's not dairy or a berry. Maybe a maraschino cherry or even olive. I little different that the more obvious looking ones but close enough.

09-05-2012, 06:57 PM
I'd call it a food jar as well. It reminds me a lot of the American Oyster cylinder style food bottle that I used to have. Here's a picture borrowed from the Little Rhody Bottle site.